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The True 


of the Cause of 




Dr,JohnH, Tilden 








Conyright 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1935 


Denver, Colorado 


WHAT more can be asked by any doctor or layman than 
a philosophy of the cause of disease that gives a perfect 
understanding of all the so-called diseases? 

To know cause supplies even the layman with a 
dependable knowledge of how to avoid building disease, 
and how to cure. When people know how to avoid disease 
they know an immunization that immunizes rationally. 

Dependable knowledge of what disease really is and its 
cause is man's salvation; and when it can be had with no 
more effort than that required to read carefully and 
understanding^ Toxemia Explained, there is little excuse 
for anyone, lay or professional, to live in ignorance of it. 

Knowledge is power. Knowledge of how to have health 
gives greatest power. 

Few people know anything about the cause of disease. To 
them this book is dedicated and the freedom from medical 
superstition it will bring them. 


Table of Contents 

Preface — 4 

Introduction to Toxemia — 14 

Toxemia Explained — 27 

Enervation Is General — 77 

Poise —88 

The Causes of Enervation - 1 1 3 

Retrospection — 140 

A Few Suggestions — 142 

Dr. Tilden's Tensing Exercises - 147 


FROM time immemorial man has looked for a savior; 
and, when not looking for a savior, he is looking for a cure. 
He believes in patemahsm. He is looking to get something 
for nothing, not knowing that the highest price we ever pay 
for anything is to have it given to us. 

Instead of accepting salvation, it is better to deserve it. 
Instead of buying, begging, or stealing, a cure, it is better to 
stop building disease. Disease is of man's own building, 
and one worse thing than the stupidity of buying a cure is to 
remain so ignorant as to believe in cures. 

The false theories of salvation and cures have built man 
into a mental mendicant, when he should be the arbiter of 
his own salvation, and certainly his own doctor, instead of 
being a slave to a profession that has neither worked out its 

own salvation from disease nor discovered a single cure in 
all the age-long period of man's existence on earth. 

We hear of diet cures, dietitians, balanced rations, meat 
diets, vegetable diets, and other diets — chemically prepared 
foods of all kinds. The reading public is bewildered with 

hundreds of health magazines and thousands of health 
ideas. There are thousands writing on health who would not 
recognize it if they should meet it on the street. Fanaticism, 
bigotry, stupidity, and commercialism are the principal 
elements in the dietetic complex that is now belaboring the 

Cures are what the people want, and cures are what 
doctors and cultists affect to make; but at most only relief is 

The periodicity which characterizes all functional 
derangements of the body lends color to the claims of cure- 
mongers that their remedy has cured their patients, when 
the tmth is that the so-called disease "ran its course." The 
truth is that the so-called disease was a toxemic crisis, and 
when the toxin was eliminated below the toleration point, 
the sickness passed — automatically health retumed. But the 
disease was not cured; for the cause (enervating habits) is 
continued, toxin still accumulates, and in due course of 
time another crisis appears. Unless the cause of Toxemia is 
discovered and removed, crises will recur until functional 
derangements will give way to organic disease. 

The entire profession is engaged in doctoring crises of 
Toxemia — curing (?) and curing (?) until overtaken with 
chronic disease of whatever organ was the seat of the toxin 


Nature returns to normal when enervating habits are 
given up. There are no cures in the sense generally 
understood. If one has a tobacco heart, what is the remedy? 
Stop the use of tobacco, of course. If the heart is worn out 
from shock, as we see it among gamblers, or among men 
who are plunging in the stock market, what will cure? 
Drugs? No! Removing the cause. 

Every so-called disease is built within the mind and body 
by enervating habits. The food and dietetic insanity that 
constitutes the headliner on the medical stage just now is 
causing the people to demand a diet that will cure them of 
their peculiar maladies. The idea prevails that some 
pecuhar diet will cure rheumatism or any other disease. 
Diet or food will not cure any disease. 

A fast, rest in bed, and the giving-up of enervating habits, 
mental and physical, will allow nature to ehminate the 

accumulated toxin; then, if enervating habits are given up, 
and rational living habits adopted, health will come back to 
stay, if the one CURED will "stay put." This applies to any 
so-called disease. Yes, it fits your disease — you who write 
to find out if the Tilden system of cure applies to your case. 
Yes; cannot you realize that law and order pervades the 
universe? And it is the same from nebula to stone, from 
stone to plant, from plant to animal, from animal to man, 
from man to mind, and from mind to super-mind — God. To 
use a blanket expression: Law and order pervades the 
universe, the same yesterday, today and forever, and is the 
same from star-dust to mind — from electron to mind. 
Toxemia explains how the universal law operates in health 
and disease. One disease is the same as another; one man 
the same as another; one flower the same as another; the 
carbon in bread, sugar, coal, and the diamond is the same. 
Yes, one disease can be cured (?) the same as another, 
unless the organ acted on by toxemic crises is destroyed. 

For example; If wrong eating is persisted in, the acid 
fermentation first irritates the mucous membrane of the 
stomach; the irritation becomes inflammation, then 
ulceration, then thickening and hardening, which ends in 
cancer at last. The medical world is strugghng to find the 
cause of cancer. It is the distal end of an inflammatory 
process whose proximal beginning may be any irritation. 

The end is degeneration from a lack of oxygen and 
nutriment, and, in degenerating, the septic material enters 
the circulation, setting up chronic septic poisoning called 
cancer cachexia. 

Disease is a common expression of universal enervation. 
An understanding of physiology and pathology necessitates 
a firm grip on evolution as expressed in biology; or 
reasoning will go astray occasionally. 

Modern cures and immunization are vanity and vexation; 
they are founded on the foolish principle of reasoning from 
effect, is disease, to cause. The organ which is suffering 
from many crises of Toxemia is discovered — it may be 
ulcer of the stomach, then the ulcer is cut out; it may be 
gallstone, then the stone is cut out; it may be fibroid tumor 
of the womb, then the tumor or womb is cut out. The same 
may be said of other effects — the medical armament is 
turned loose on a lot of effects. This is accepted by the 
public mind as efficient treatment of disease, when in fact it 
is a stupid removing of effects. And that is not the worst of 
such blundering. The operators have not the shghtest idea 
of the cause of the effects they so skillfully remove. 

In other derangements the same lack of knowledge of 
cause prevails. In the treatment of deficiency diseases, the 
lacking element is supplied from the laboratory; but 
nothing is done in the line of restoring the organ to 
normality. Why? Because medical science has not 
discovered why organs fail to function properly; and until 
this discovery is made, scientific blundering will continue. 


If mutilation (unnecessary surgery) is required in nine 
hundred and ninety- nine cases to perfect the skill required 
in the thousandth case, the question of the need of high- 
class surgery must be answered by the mutilated or 
vandalized class. 

Is war necessary? What would be the answer of the 
7,485.000 who were killed in the late World War, if the 
question were submitted to them? Estimate $5,000 as the 
man-power loss for each man; then the world lost 
$37,425,000,000 in this one item alone. Surgery costs the 
world, in vandalizing the bodies of men, women, and 
children, as much every year. Is it worth that much for all 
the real good it does? Why is so much surgery thought to 
be necessary? Because of the ignorance of the people. 

egged on by a science-mad or selfish profession. It is more 
spectacular to operate than to teach people how to live to 
avoid chronic disease and operations. 


It is doubtful if the palliation which doctors and cultists 
give is worth the disadvantage that the sick habit taught the 
patients by their doctor brings them. 

The drug habit taught the thousands certainly 
overbalances any relief given. Drugs to relieve pain are 
never necessary. Twenty-five years in which I used drugs, 
and thirty-three in which I have not used dmgs, should 
make my belief, that drugs are unnecessary and in most 
cases injurious, worth something to those who care to know 
the truth. 


I make no exception of syphilis, and stand ready to 
demonstrate the truth of what I say at any time and 
anywhere to a committee of doctors. 

Nature cures — nature can eliminate syphilis, or any type 
of infection, if all enervating habits ai"e given up and a 
rational mode of hving adopted. 


So insidious in their action are all stimulants that the 
unwary are surprised by finding themselves more or less 
slaves to them when they are not conscious of using them 
to excess. 

The coffee headache is an example. A time comes when 
it is not convenient to get the usual breakfast cup. A 
dullness or languid feeling appears three or four hours after 
breakfast, that cannot be accounted for until some friend 
suggests that perhaps it is due to missing the coffee; but the 
victim is not convinced until he proves it true by trying it 
out several times. Some develop a headache, and still 
others are troubled with gaping or yawning and a feeling of 
oppression, due to heart enervation brought on from the use 
of coffee. 

At first stimulants gently remove awareness — remove tire 
and actuate the mind and body. It should be obvious to 

reasoning minds that borrowed activity must be paid for 
sooner or later. 

Using nerve-energy in excess of normal production 
brings on enervation. Few people waste nerve-energy in 
one way only. Food is a stimulant. Overeating is 
overstimulating. Add to this excess one or two other 
stimulants — Coffee or tobacco — excessive venery, 
overwork and worry, and one subject to that amount of 
drain of nerve-energy will become decidedly enervated. 
Elimination falls far short of requirements; consequently 
toxin accumulates in the blood. This adds a pronounced 
auto-toxin stimulation to that coming from overstimulating 
habits, and completes a vicious circle. This complex stands 
for a disease- producing Toxemia, which will be permanent 
except as toxin crises — so-called acute diseases — lower the 
amount of toxin, again to accumulate and continue until the 
habits that keep the body enervated are controlled. Perfect 
health cannot be estabhshed until all enervating habits have 
been eliminated. 

DEFINITION of Toxemia and crises of 
Toxemia: — In the process of tissue building — 
metabolism — there is cell building — 
anabohsm — and cell destmction — catabolism. 
The broken down tissue is toxic and in 
health — when neiTe energy is normal — it is 
eliminated from the blood as fast as evolved. 
When nerve energy is dissipated from any 
cause — physical or mental excitement or bad 
habits — the body becomes enei'vated, when 
enervated, elimination is checked, causing a 
retention of toxin in the blood or Toxemia. 
This accumulation of toxin when once 
established will continue until nerve energy is 
restored by removing the causes. So-called 
disease is nature's effort at ehminating the 
toxin from the blood. All so-called diseases are 
crises of Toxemia. 

Introduction to Toxemia 

THE medical world has built an infinite literature without 
any {except erroneous and vacillating) ideas of cause. 
Medicine is rich in science, but now, as well as in all past 
time, it suffers from a dearth of practical ideas. The average 
doctor is often educated out of all the common-sense he 
was bom with. This, however, is not his fault. It is the fault 
of the system. He is an educated automaton. He has facts — 
scientific facts galore — without ideas. Ford has mechanical 
facts — not more, perhaps, than thousands of other 
mechanics, but he joined them to an idea which made him a 
multimiUionaire. Millions have facts, but no ideas. 
Thousands of doctors have all the scientific data needed, 
but they have not harnessed their science to common- sense 
and philosophy. 

Without a clear conception of cause, cure must remain 
the riddle that it is. 

The late Sir James Mackenzie — while hving, the greatest 
clinician in the world — declared; "In medical research the 
object is mainly the prevention and cure of disease." If 

cause is not known, how is prevention or cure possible — as. 

for example, by producing a mild form of smallpox or other 
so-called disease by poisoning a healthy person by 
introducing into his body the pathological products of said 
disease? Certainly only pathological thinking can arrive at 
such conclusions. Vaccines and autogenous remedies ai"e 
made from the products of disease, and the idea that disease 
can be made to cure itself is an end-product of pathological 
thinking. This statement is not so incongruous after we 
consider the fact that all search and research work to find 
cause by medical scientists has been made in dead and 
dying people. As ridiculous as it may appear, medical 
science has gone, and is still going, to the dead and dying to 
find cause. 

If prevention and cure mean producing disease, surely 
prevention and cure are not desirable. If prevention can be 
accomplished, then cures vfill not be needed. 

At the time of his death, Mackenzie was laboring to 
discover prevention. A more worthy work can not be 
imagined. But the tragedy of his life was that he died from 
a preventable diseases he could have cured the disease that 
killed him if his conception of cause had been in line with 
the Truth of Toxemia — the primary cause of all disease. 

In spite of Mackenzie's ambition to put the profession in 
possession of tmth concerning prevention and cure, he died 
without a correct idea of even in what direction to look for 
this desirable knowledge' as evidenced by such statements 
as: "Our problems being the prevention of disease, we 
require a complete knowledge of disease in all its aspects 
before we can take steps to prevent its occurrence." There 
is the crux of the whole subject. It is not disease; it is cause 
"in all its aspects" that we need to know before we can take 
steps to prevent "disease." Mackenzie stated the following 
concerning diagnosis: 

But it appears to be unlikely that in the present 
state of medicine there would be any great 
dissimilarity in the proportions of diagnosed and 
undiagnosed eases in many series of investigation 
such as we have made. The proportion depends, not 
on the skill ortraining of individual practitioners, 
but on the unsatisfactory state of all medical 
knowledge. The similarity of the statistical records 
from the institute and from private practice goes 
far to support this view. In spite of the additional 
time given at the institute to the examination of 
cases which are undiagnosable in general practice, 
and the assistance given by the special 
departments — clinical groups — in their 
investigation, they remain profoundly obscure, 
although we know that it is from among them that 

there will gradually emerge the cases of advanced 
organic disease and the end-results which form so 
large a proportion of the inmates of hospital wards. 
And the tragedy is that many of them suffer from 
no serious disabilities, and might, but for our 
ignorance, be checked on their downward course. 

Isn't this about as shaip a criticism of medical 
inefficiency as Tilden has ever made? 

This brings vividly to mind the statement, made only a 
short time ago, by Dr. Cabot, of Boston, that he himself 
was mistaken in his diagnoses about fifty per cent of the 
time — that he had proved it by post-mortems. Such a 
statement as this, coming from a man of his standing, 
means much. To me it means that diagnosis is a 
meaningless term; for, as used, it means discovering what 
pathological effects — what changes — have been brought 
about by an undiscovered cause. Diagnosis means, in a few 
words, discovering effects which, when found, throw no 
Ught whatever on cause. 

Again I quote Mackenzie: "The knowledge of disease is 
so incomplete that we do not yet even know what steps 
should be taken to advance our knowledge." This being 
true, there is little excuse for laws to shut out or prevent 
cuks from practicing less harmful palliations. How many 

reputable physicians have the honesty of Sir James 

In spite of Maclcenzie's high and worthy ambitions, he 
could not get away from the profession's stereotyped 
thinking. The early symptoms of disease he declared held 
the secret of their cause, and he believed an intense study of 
them would give the facts. But functional derangements are 
of the same nature and from the same universal cause that 
ends in aE organic so-called diseases. All so-called diseases 
are, from beginning to end, the same evolutionary process. 

The study of pathology — the study of disease — has 
engaged the best minds in the profession always, and it 
surely appears that the last word must have been spoken on 
the subject; but the great Englishman believed, as all 
research workers believe, that a more intense and minute 
study of the early symptoms of disease will reveal the 
cause. There is, however, one great reason why it cannot, 
and that is that all symptom- complexes — diseases — from 
their initiation to their ending, are effects, and the most 
intense study of any phase or stage of their progress will 
not throw any hght on the cause. 

Cause is constant, ever present, and always the same. 
Only effects, and the object on which cause acts, change, 

and the change is most inconstant. To illustrate: A catarrh 
of the stomach presents first irritation, then inflammation, 
then ulceration, and finally induration and cancer. Not all 
cases run true to form; only a small percentage evolve to 
ulcer, and fewer still reach the cancer stage. More exit by 
way of acute food-poisoning or acute indigestion than by 
chronic diseases. 

In the early stages of this evolution there are all kinds of 
discomforts: more or less attacks of indigestion, frequent 
attacks of gastritis — sick stomach and vomiting. No two 
cases ai"e alike. Nervous people suffer most, and some 
present all kinds of nervous symptoms — insomnia, 
headaches, etc. Women have painful menstmation and 
hysterical symptoms — some are morose and others have 
epilepsy. As the more chronic symptoms appear, those of 
the lymphatic temperament do not suffer so much. As the 
disease progresses, a few become pallid and develop 
pernicious anemia, due to gastric or intestinal ulceration 
and putrid protein infection; in others the first appearance 
of ulcer is manifested by a severe hemorrhage; others have 
a cachexia and a retention of food in the stomach, which is 
vomited every two or three days, caused by a partial 
closing of the pyloms. These are usually mahgnant cases. 

To look upon any of these symptom- complexes as a 
distinct disease, requiring a distinct treatment, is to fall into 
the diagnostic maze that now bewilders the profession and 
renders treatment chaotic. 

It should be known to all discerning physicians that the 
earliest stage of organic disease is purely functional, 
evanescent, and never autogenerted so far as the affected 
organ is concerned, but is invariably due to an extraneous 
irritation {stimulation, if you please), augmented by 
Toxemia. When the irritation is not continuous, and toxin is 
eliminated as fast as developed, to the toleration point, 
nomial functioning is resumed between the intervals of 
irritation and toxin excess. 

For example: a simple coryza {running at the nose — cold 
in the head), gastritis or colonitis. At first these colds, 
catarrahs, or inflammations are periodic and functional; 
but, as the exciting cause or causes — local irritation and 
Toxemia — become more intense and continuous, the 
mucous membranes of these organs take on organic 
changes, which are given various names, such as irritation, 
inflammation, ulceration, and cancer. The pathology 
(organic change) may be studied until doomsday without 
throwing any light on the cause; for from the first irritation 
to the extreme ending — cachexia — which may be given the 

blanket term of tuberculosis, syphilis, or cancer, the whole 
pathologic panorama is one continuous evolution of 
intensifying effects. 

Germs and other so-called causes may be discovered in 
the course of pathological development, but they are 
accidental, coincidental, or at most auxihary — or, to use the 
vemacular of law, obiter dicta. 

The proper way to study disease is to study health and 
every influence favorable or not to its continuance. Disease 
is perverted health. Any influence that lowers nerve-energy 
becomes disease- producing. Disease cannot be its own 
cause; neither can it be its own cure, and certainly not its 
own prevention. 

After years of wandering in the jungle of medical 
diagnosis — the usual guesswork of cause and effect, and 
the worse-th an- guesswork of treatment, and becoming 
more confounded all the time — I resolved either to quit the 
profession or to find the cause of disease. To do this, it was 
necessary to exile myself from doctors and medical 
conventions; for I could not think for myself while listening 
to the babblings of babeldom. I took the advice found in 
Matt. 6:6. According to prevaihng opinion, unless a doctor 
spends much time in medical societies and in the society of 

other doctors, takes postgraduate work, travels, etc., he 
cannot keep abreast of advancement. 

This opinion vf ould be true if the sciences of medicine 
were fitted to a truthful etiology (efficient cause) of disease. 
But, since they are founded on no cause, or at most 
speculative and spectacular causes, as unstable as the sands 
of the sea, the doctor who cannot brook the bewilderment 
of vacillation is compelled to hide away from the voices of 
mistaken pedants and knowing blatherskites until 
stabilized. By that time ostracism will have overtaken him, 
and his fate, metaphorically speaking, will be that of the 
son of Zacharias. 

An honest search after truth too often, if not always, leads 
to the rack, stake, cross, or the blessed privilege of 
recanting; but the victim, by this time, decides as did the 
divine Jew: "Not my will, but shine, be done;" or, as 
Patrick Henry declared: "Give me liberty or give me 
death!" The dying words of another great Irishman is the 
wish, no doubt, of every lover of freedom and truth: 

That no man write my epitaph; for, as no man 
who knows my motives dares now vindicate them, 
let not prejudice or ignorance asperse them. Let 
them and me rest in peace, and my tomb remain 

uninscribed, and my memory in oblivion, until 
other times and other men can do justice to my 
character. When my country takes her place among 
the nations of the earth, then, and not until then, let 
my epitaph be written. (Emmet). 

The truth is larger than any man, and, until it is 
established, the memory of its advocate is not important. In 
the last analysis, is not the truth the only immortality? Man 
is an incident. If he discovers a truth, it benefits all who 
accept it. Truth too often must pray to be delivered from its 

I must acknowledge that I have not been very courteous 

to indifferent convention; and the truth I have discovered 
has suffered thereby. It has always appeared to me that the 
attention of fallacy-mongers cannot be attracted except by 
the use of a club or shillalah; and possibly my style of 
presenting my facts has caused too great a shock, and the 
desired effect has been lost in the reaction. 

That I have discovered the true cause of disease cannot be 
successfully disputed. This being true, my earnestness in 
presenting this great truth is justifiable. 

When I think back over my life, and remember the 
struggle I had with myself in supplanting my old beliefs 
with the new — the thousands of times I have suspected my 
own sanity — I then cannot be surprised at the opposition I 
have met and am meeting. 

My discovery of the truth that Toxemia is the cause of all 
so-called diseases came about slowly, step by step, with 
many dangerous skids. 

At first I beheved that enervation must be the general 
cause of disease; then I decided that simple enervation is 
not disease, that disease must be due to poison, and that 
poison, to be the general cause of disease, must be 
autogenerated; and if disease is due to an autogenerated 
poison, what is the cause of that autogeneration? I daUied 
long in endeavoring to trace disease back to poison taken 
into the system, such as food eaten after putrescence had 
begun, or from poisoning due to the development of 
putrescence after ingestion. In time I decided that poisoning 
per se is not disease. I observed where poisoning did not 
kill; some cases reacted and were soon in full health, while 
others remained in a state of semi- invalidism. I found the 
same thing true of injuries and mental shock. It took a long 
time to develop the thought that a poisoned or injured body, 
when not overwhelmed by Toxemia, would speedily return 

to the normal, and when it did not, there was a sick habit — 
a derangement of some kind — that required some such 
contingency to bring it within sense-perception. 

To illustrate: An injury to a joint is often complicated 
with rheumatism; the rheumatism previous to the injury 
was potentially in the blood. 

Just what change had taken place in the organism which, 
under stress of injury or shock of any kind, would cause a 
reaction with fever 1 could not understand until the 
Toxemic Theory suggested itself to my mind, after which 
the cause of disease unfolded before me in an easy and 
natural manner. And now the theory is a proved fact. 

After years of perplexing thought and "watchful waiting," 
I learned that all disease, of whatever nature, was of slow 
development; that without systemic preparation even so- 
called acute systemic diseases could not manifest. 

In a few words: Without Toxemia there can be no 
disease. I knew that the waste-product of metabolism was 
toxic, and that the only reason why we were not poisoned 
by it was because it was removed from the organism as fast 
as produced. Then I decided that the toxin was retained in 
the blood, when there was a checking of elimination. Then 

the cause of the checking had to be determined. In time I 
thought out the cause. I knew that, when we had a normal 
nerve-energy, organic functioning was normal. Then came 
the thought that enervation caused a checking of 
ehmination. Eureka! The cause of all so-called diseases is 
found! Enervation checks elimination of the waste- pro ducts 
of metabohsm. Retention of metabolic toxin — the first and 
only cause of disease! 

Those who would be freed from the bondage of medical 
superstition should study "Toxemia Explained." 

Toxemia Explained 

NO ONE on the outside of the medical profession knows 
so well as doctors themselves the great need of more 
knowledge of what disease really is. Never in the history of 
so-called medical science has there been so much research 
work done as in the past decade; but with every new 
discovery there follows very closely on its heels the stark 
and stalking nemesis that chills the honest and earnest 
researchers to the bone — the inevitable word Failure. Why 
inevitable? Because, back in the beginning of man's 
reasoning on the subject of his discomforts, his pains, and 
his sicknesses, he made the monstrous mistake that 
something outside of himself — outside of his own 
volition — had wished him harm. Man being a religious 
animal, he early thought he had in some manner offended 
one of his many deities. The history of how man evolved 
the idea of disease being an entity is too long to do more 
than allude to it in a book of this kind. Any of the old 
mythologies may be referred to by those who are curious 
enough to look the matter up. That man is still saturated 
with centuries of m3*thological inheritance was brought out 
vividly when the germ theory was introduced. It answered 
the instinctive for demoniacal possession! At last man's 

search for the demon — the author of all his woes — had 
been rewarded, and a satisfactory apology could be made to 
his conscience for all his apparent shortcomings. However, 
seventy years of vicarious atonement for man's sins by the 
demon germ are waning, and reason be praised if the 
microbe is the last excuse that man can make for his sins of 
omission and commission before the throne of his own 
reason ! 

Medical science is founded on a false premise — namely, 
that disease is caused by extraneous influences, and that 
drugs are something that cures or palhates discomfort. The 
term "medical" means pertaining to medicine or the 
practice of medicine. Anything used in a remedial way 
carries the idea of curing, heahng, correcting, or affording 
relief, and this doctoring is all done without any clear 
understanding of cause. 

The words "medical," "medicine," "disease," and "cure" 
have become concrete in our understanding, and shape our 
thoughts and behefs. And so arbitrary are these beliefs that 
new schools and cults are forced to the conventional 
understanding. They may declare that an impinged nerve is 
the cause of any pathology. But they do not trouble 
themselves to find why one impinged nerve creates a 
pathology and another does not. 

The psychologist does not trouble himself to explain why 
worry in one subject causes disease and in another it does 
not; why hope in one subject cures and in another it does 
not; why negation does not always cure; why faith does not 
always cure; begging the question by declaring that there 
was not faith enough, etc. No fool is a bigger fool than the 
fool who fools himself 

Why should not all new schools of thought be found 
harking back to their mother- thought — I say, why not? So 
long as the idea that disease is a reality, an individuality, an 
entity, is firmly fixed in the mind, even those in research 
work will be controlled and directed in their labors by the 
conventional understanding. That is why every wonderful 
discovery soon proves a mistaken belief. 

There is no hope that medical science will ever be a 
science; for the whole structure is built around the idea that 
there is an object — disease — that can be cured when the 
right drug — remedy, cure — is found. 

It is my intention to portray the common, every-day 
foibles of scientific medicine so that the people may see the 
absurdities concerning disease and cure which they are and 
have been hoodwinked into beheving by the blare of 
science. Then I shall describe the only worked-out rational 

explanation of the cause of so-called diseases, hoping, by 
contrasting the old and new, to start a few to thinking and 
building new brain-cells, which in time may supersede the 
old and conventional. 

Until Toxemia was discovered and elaborated by myself 
into a medical philosophy there was no real medical 
philosophy. The cause and cure of disease is and has been a 
medley of guesswork and speculation which has 
confounded the best and most industrious medical minds in 
every generation. 

Today, as never before, the brightest minds in the 
profession are delving into research work, endeavoring to 
find the efficient cause of disease. But they are doomed to 
disappointment; for they fail at their beginning. Why? 
Because all the work that has ever been done in searching 
for cause has been along the line of critical study and 
examination of effects; and certainly reasoning minds 
cannot beheve that an effect can be its own cause. No one 
believes in spontaneous generation. The remnant of this 
behef was annihilated by Pasteur's discovery of germs as 
the cause of fermentation — a discovery so profound that it 
created a frenzy in the medical world; and, as in every 
epidemic of frenzy, mental poise was lost. The importance 
of the germ as a primary or efficient cause of disease was 

accepted nolens volens, willy nilly. Everyone was swept off 
his feet. As in all sudden gushes in change of belief, it was 
dangerous not to agree with the mob spirit; hence opposing 
or conservative voices were suppressed or ostracized. 

The germ frenzy was fierce for two or three decades; but 
now it is a thing of the past and will soon be, if not now, a 
dead letter. 

Cause of disease is being looked for everywhere, and no 
less a personage than the late Sir James Mackenzie, in 
"Reports of the St. Andrews Institute for Clinical 
Research," Volume I, declared: "The knowledge of disease 
is so incomplete that we do not yet even know what steps 
should be taken to advance our knowledge." At another 
time he wrote: "Disease is made manifest to us only by the 
symptoms which it produces; the first object in the 
examination of a patient is the detection of symptoms, and 
therefore the symptoms of disease form one of the main 
objects of our study." 


Sir James, when living, was probably the greatest 
clinician of the English-speaking world; yet he had not 

outlived the medical superstition that disease is a positive 
entity, and that the way to find disease is to trace symptoms 
to their source. But if a symptom is traced to its source, 
what of it? A pain is traced to its source, and we find that it 
comes from the head. The head does not cause the pain. 
Then we find that there are symptoms of hyperemia — too 
much blood in the head. The pressure from too much blood 
in the head causes the pain. Then pressure must be the 
disease? No. Then too much blood is the disease — 
hyperemia? Certainly; too much blood in the head was a 
cause. What is it that causes congestion? We find that pain 
is a symptom. Pressure causes pain; it, too, is a symptom. 
Too much blood in the head causes pressure; it also is a 
symptom. Pain, pressure, hyperemia are, all three, 
symptoms. In time the walls of the blood-vessels wealcen, 
and the pressure ruptures one of the vessels. Hemorrhage 
into the brain causes death from apoplexy. Is the ruptured 
blood-vessel the disease? No. Is hemorrhage into the brain 
the disease? No; it is a symptom. Is death from hemorrhage 
the disease? 

If the hemorrhage is not severe enough to cause death, 
but does produce some form of paralysis — and there can be 
many kinds — is paralysis a disease? Haven't we been 
traveling along a chain of symptoms from headache to 
paralysis? We have not found anything to which all these 

symptoms point as disease; and, according to the 
requirements of Sir James Mackenzie, disease is made 
manifest to us only by symptoms. Here we have a chain of 
symptoms beginning with pain, ending in hemorrhage and 
death or paralysis, without giving us any indication 
whatever of cause as understood. Any other chain, namely, 
stomach symptoms, ending in pyloric cancer, will not give 
any more indication of disease at the various stages than the 
foregoing illustration. 

The first symptom we have of any chain of symptoms is 
discomfort or pain. In any stomach derangement we have 
pain, more or less aggravated by food. Catarrh follows, or 
more often precedes, it — or what we call inflammation or 
gastritis. Gastritis continues, with a thickening of the 
mucous membrane. A time comes when there is ulceration. 
This will be called a disease, and is recognized as ulcer of 
the stomach; but it is only a continuation of the primary 
symptom of catarrh and pain. The ulcer is removed, but the 
symptom of inflammation and pain continues, and other 
ulcers will follow. This state eventually merges into 
induration or hardening of the pyloric orifice of the 
stomach. When this develops, there is more or less 
obstruction to the outlet causing occasional vomiting, and, 
on thorough examination, cancer is found. 

If we analyze the symptoms from the first pain and 
catarrh in the stomach, we shall kind the chain of 
symptoms running along. The first symptom to be noticed 
is pain. On examinafion, we find a catarrhal condition of 
the stomach; and this catarrhal condition is not a disease — 
it is a symptom. Catarrhal inflammation continues, with the 
thickening of the mucous membrane, which finally ends in 
ulceration. Ulceration is not the disease; it is only a 
continuation of the inflammatory symptom. If the ulcer is 
removed, it does not remove the disease; it only removes a 
symptom. These symptoms continue until there is a 
thickening and induration of the pylons, which is called 
cancer. And yet we have not discovered anything but 
symptoms fi'om beginning to end. 

By removing the cancer, the question of what the disease 
is has not been answered. Cancer being the end-symptom, 
it cannot be the cause of the first symptom. 

Any other so-called disease can be worked out in the 
same way. Pain and catarrh are the first symptoms, as a 
rule, that call a physician's or a patient's attention to 
anything being wrong; and pain and catarrh are not the 
disease. When the cause of the pain is found, it too will be 
found a symptom and not a disease. And this will be true to 
the end. 

It is no wonder that diagnosticians become perplexed in 
their search after disease, because they have confounded 
symptoms and disease. The fact of the matter is, it is 
impossible to put the finger on any ending of a chain of 
symptoms and say: "This is the disease." In the beginning 
of this analysis we showed that headache, or pain in the 
head, is not a disease; and when we had finished we found 
that hemorrhage or apoplexy is not a disease — it is only a 
continuation of the primary symptoms. 

"Disease is made manifest to us only by symptoms which 
it produces." This statement tacitly infers that there are 
diseases and symptoms, and that through symptoms we 
may find disease. When we undertake to trace symptoms to 
disease, we are in the dilemma of a mountain-climber who 
on reaching the top of one mountain, finds other peaks, and 
higher ones, farther on and on. 

That Mackenzie had been baffled in his search for fixed 
disease is indicated in the following, which I quote from 
the reports mentioned before: 

Many diseases are considered to be of a 
dangerous nature, and many attempts are made to 
combat tlie danger, with, however, no perception of 
its nature. This is particularly the case with 

epidemic diseases, such as measles, influenza, 
scarlet fever, and diphtheria. As a consequence, 
proposals have at different times been put forward 
to treat individuals who suffer these diseases upon 
some general plan, without consideration of the 
peculiarities of the individual case — and thus we 
get that rule-of-thumb treatment which is shown in 
the indiscriminate use of a serum or vaccine. 

During influenza epidemics there is always a cry 
for a universal method of treatment, and attempts 
are made to meet this cry in the shape of so-called 
specifics and vaccines. 

When a great authority declares that dangerous diseases 
are combated without any perception of their nature — and 
that, too, in spite of the germ theory — it should be obvious 
to thinking minds that the germ theory has been weighed 
and found wanting. Yet, when something must be done, 
and nothing better has been discovery, "serums and 
vaccines may be used indiscriminately." 

That the "rule of thumb" is the rule governing all thinking 
concerning symptoms, diseases, their cause and treatment, 
is so obvious that anyone possessing a reasoning mind, not 
camouflaged by scientific buncombe, should read as he 

Medicine rests on a sound scientific foundation. 
Anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, and all collateral 
sciences that have a bearing on the science of man, are 
advanced to great perfection. But the so-called sciences of 
symptomatology, disease, diagnosis, etiology, and the 
treatment of disease go back to superstition for their 
foundafion. We see the incongruity of jumbhng real science 
with delusion and superstition. Disease is beheved to be an 
entity; and this idea is necessarily followed by another as 
absurd — namely, cure. Around these two old assumptions 
has grown an infinite literature that confounds its builders. 


When a man's knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has, the 
greater will be his confusion. — (Herbert Spencer.) 

Confusion worse confounded is the only explanation that 
can be given of the theory and practice of medicine. Of 
course, it is hoary with age, and is one of the leamed 
professions. With much just pride can the rank and file 
point to its aristocracy — its long hst of famous dead as well 
as living physicians'? What has made most of them famous? 
The same that has made others famous in and out of the 
professions — namely, personal worth and education. 

Franklin was not a doctor; yet he was as great as any 
doctor, and could use his gray matter in advising the sick as 
well as those not sick. He appeared to have a sense- 
perception for truth; and I would say that his discrimination 
is the leading, if not the distinguishing, trait that has 
divided, and always will divide, the really great from the 
mediocre majority. They are the leaven that leaveneth the 
whole herd of humanity — the quality of character that 
could not be found in all Sodom and Gomorrah. 

There was another discriminating mind in the eighteenth 
century — another Benjamin, who also was a signer of the 
Declaration of Independence — Benjamin Rush, a 
physician, a luminary that brought distinction to medical 
science. He was larger than his profession. He left seeds of 
thought which, if acted upon by the profession, would have 
organized medical thought and prevented the present-day 
confusion. He left on record such golden nuggets as: 

Much mischief has been done by the nosological 
arrangement of diseases. . . . Disease is as much a 
unit as fever. ... Its different seats and degrees 
should no more be multiplied into different 
diseases than the numerous and different effects of 
heat and light upon our globe should be multiplied 
into a plurality of suns. 

The whole materia medica is infected with the 
baneful consequences of the nomenclature of 
disease; for every article in it is pointed only 
against their names. . . . By the rejection of the 
artificial arrangement of diseases, a revolution 
must follow in medicine. . . . The road to 
knowledge in medicine by this means will likewise 
be shortened; so that a young man will be able to 
qualify himself to practice physic at a much less 
expense of time and labor than formerly, as a child 
would learn to read and write by the help of the 
Roman alphabet, instead of Chinese characters. 

Science has much to deplore from the 
multiplication of diseases. It is as repugnant to 
truth in medicine as polytheism is to truth in 
religion. The physician who considers every 
different affection of the different parts of the 
same system as distinct diseases, when they arise 
from one cause, resembles the Indian or African 
savage who considers water, dew, ice, frost, and 
snow as distinct essences; while the physician who 
considers the morbid affections of every past of the 
body, however divers)fied they may be in their 
form or degrees, as derived from one cause, 
resembles the philosopher who considers dew, ice, 
frost, and snow as different modifications of water, 
and as derived simply from the absence of heat. 

Humanity has likewise mucli to deplore from tliis 
paganism in medicine. The sword will probably be 
sheathed forever, as an instrument of death, before 
physicians will cease to add to the mortality of 
mankind by prescribing for the names of diseases. 

There is but one remote cause of disease .... 
These remarks are of extensive application, and, if 
duly attended to, would deliver us from a mass of 
error which has been accumulating for ages in 
medicine; I mean the nomenclature of diseases from 
their remote causes. It is the most offensive and 
injurious part of the rubbish of our science. 

The physician who can cure one disease by a 
knowledge of its principles may by the same means 
cure all the diseases of the human body; for their 
causes are the same. 

There is the same difference between the 
knowledge of a physician who prescribes for 
diseases as limited by genera and species, and of 
one who prescribes under the direction of just 
principles, that there is between the knowledge we 
obtain of the nature and extent of the sky, by 
viewing a few feet of it from the bottom of a well, 
and viewing from the top of a mountain the whole 
canopy of heaven. 

I would as soon believe that ratafia was intended 
by the Author of Nature to be the only drink of 

man, instead of water, as believe that the 
knowledge of what relates to the health and lives of 
a whole city, or nation, should be confined to one, 
and that a small or a privileged, order of men. 

From a short review of these facts, reason and 
humanity awake from their long repose in 
medicine, and unite in proclaiming that it is time to 
take the cure of pestilential epidemics out of the 
hands of physicians, and to place it in the hands of 
the people. 

Dissections daily convince us of our ignorance of 
the seats of disease, and cause us to blush at our 

prescriptions What mischief have we done under 

the belief of false facts, if I may be allowed the 
expression, and false theories! We have assisted in 
multiplying diseases. We have done more — we have 
increased their mortality. 

I shall not pause to beg pardon of the faculty for 
acknowledging, in this public manner, the 
weaknesses of our profession. I am pursuing Truth, 
and while I can keep my eye fixed upon my guide, I 
am indifferent whither I am led, provided she is my 

Oliver W. Holmes, M. D., was a man who gave dignity 
and respectability to the profession. He was a literary man, 
and from his beginning to his end, was always larger than 

his profession. He once said: "I firmly believe that, if the 
whole materia medica could be sunk to the bottom of the 
sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse 
for the fishes." "Breakfast- Table Series" will be read by the 
intelligent people of the future, who will know nothing of 
Holmes' fight for women against the dirty hands of herd- 
doctors and their consequences — puerperal fever. 

"AEquanimitas" will keep Osier in the minds of 
intelligent people "Osier's Practice of Medicine" will be 
found only in the shops of bibliomaniacs. Such men as 
Osier keep the dead weight of mediocre medicine from 
sinking to oblivion by embellishing medical fallacies with 
their superb personalities and their literary polish. 

Throughout all the ages the finest minds have sensed the 
truth concerning the cause of disease, and this has bulked 
large against medical insanities and inanities. 

A very striking picture of the medical herd was made by 
"Anonymous" in his essay on "Medicine" in "Civihzation 
in the United States." 

It has been remarked above that one of the chief 
causes of the unscientific nature of medicine and 
the antiscientific character of doctors lies in their 

inflate credulity and inability to think 
independently. This contention is supported by the 
report on the intelligence of physicians recently 
published by the National Research Council. They 
are found by more or less trustworthy psychologic 
tests to be lowest in intelligence of all the 
professional men, excepting only dentists and 
horse-doctors. Dentists and horse-doctors are ten 
per cent less intelligent. But since the quantitative 
methods employed certainly carry an experimental 
error of ten per cent or even higher, it is not 
certain that the members of the two more humble 
professions have not equal or even greater 
intellectual ability. It is significant that engineers 
head the list in intelligence. In fact, they are rated 
sixty per cent higher than doctors. 

This wide disparity leads to a temptation to 
interesting psychological probings. Is not the 
lamentable lack of intelligence of the doctor due to 
lack of necessity for rigid intellectual discipline? 
Many conditions conspire to make him an 
intellectual cheat. Fortunately for us, most diseases 
are self-limiting. But it is natural for the physician 
to turn this dispensation of nature to his advantage 
and to intimate that he has cured John Smith, when 
actually nature has done the trick. On the contrary, 
should Smith die, the good doctor can assume a 
pious expression and suggest that, despite his own 
incredible skill and tremendous effort, it was God's 
(or nature's) will that John should pass beyond. 

Now, the engineer is open to no sucli temptation. 
He builds a bridge or erects a building, and disaster 
is sure to follow any misstep in calculation or fault 
in construction. Should such a calamity occur, he is 
presently discredited and disappears from view. 
Thus he is held up to a high mark of intellectual 
rigor and discipline that is utterly unknown in the 
world the doctor inhabits. 

The critic appears to thinic tliat "one of the chief causes of 
the anti- scientific character of doctors lies in their innate 
creduhty and inability to think independently." I presume 
he means that the doctors cannot think independently; for if 
medicine, scientific or unscientific, could think at all, it 
might have thought itself out of its present-day muddle. 

The only thing that saves all physicians from the above 
indictment is that they are not examined on the cause and 
treatment of disease. If average physicians pass low on 
"trustworthy psychological tests," it does not speak very 
well for the higher education which put so many medical 
schools out of business a few years ago. But these 
psychological tests may be fitted to educational standards 
which are assembled with intelligence left out. Intelligence, 
like the cause of disease, is a force in nature that can be 
used under the proper environments; but it cannot be 

monopolized to the exclusion of all mankind. Gladstone in 
youth was passed upon by the psychological test of his 
teacher, and pronounced incorrigible; yet at eighty-six he 
was wielding an ax and translating Virgil. 


People should not take too seriously to heart verdicts 
resting on scientific tests, where a very large part of the 
integral is scientific assumption and presumption. The New 
York Life Insurance Company turned me down more than 
fifty years ago. 

"Anonymous," whoever he is, writes well, and as that of 
an iconoclast, his style is quite fetching. But, to save his 
bacon, it was well that he criticized from ambush; for he 
would make an excellent target. From my point of view, I 
find him as vulnerable as any Standard A type of 
professional men. 

He shows his medical length and breadth when he says: 
"Of all the dreadful afflictions that plague us, a few may be 
cured or ameliorated by the administration of remedies." 
That was said by medical men now one and two hundred 

years dead, and with no nnore aplomb than that of the 
doctors of today in the hterary class of our "Anonymous." 

"Dreadful afflictions" do not "plague us." If we are 
plagued by disease, it is of our own building; and all five 
need to do to get back to comfort and health is to quit 
building disease; then our subconscious self gets busy 
cleaning house. 

"Anonymous" could not have made a statement that 
would have been more perfectly one hundred per cent 
fallacy. He says: "A few may be cured." That is a mild 
statement coming fi"om one of the ambushed Caesars of 
scientific medicine. I presume he means that there is a 
contingent possibility that a few can be cured. This is false; 
for "afflictions" or disease cannot be cured. Nature — our 
subconsciousness — has a full monopoly on the power to 
cure. Heahng is nature's prerogative, and she cannot, if she 
would, delegate it to doctors or to the academies of medical 

What a glorious legacy, vouchsafed by the powers that 
be! What a sad phght humanity would be in if medical 
commerciahsm had a monopoly on healing or curing the 
sick! It does very well, however, as it is vending its 
camouflage cures of all kinds. But when mankind awakens 

to a full realization of the truth that for all past time it has 
been buying a pretense of power of which it alone 
possesses a monopoly, old hoary-headed Aesculapius wiU 
be unfrocked and thrown out of business — staff, snake, and 

"Anonymous," fearing that the statements, "A few may 
be cured," was too strong, added the modifying phrase "or 
amehorated;" which, in medical parlance, means palliated, 
relieved, etc. This in reality is the whole truth conceming 
so-called remedies or cures. And when the tmth is known 
that curing, or the power to throw off disease and get well 
is wholly within the subconscious and is personal, we will 
know that curing and palhating by the administration of 
remedies — drugs, serums, vaccines, surgery, feeding to 
keep up the strength, etc. — ai"e superfluous, meddlesome, 
and on the order of throwing a monkey-wrench into the 

After criticizing "Anonymous" for what we know, 
inferentially, that he stands for, we will quote the remainder 
of what he says conceming the treatment of the "dreadful 
afflictions that plague us." He further declares: 

And an equally small number improved or were 
abolished by surgical interference. But, in spite of 

the relatively few diseases to which surgery is 
beneficial, the number of surgeons that flourished 
in the land is enormous. The fundamental 
discoveries of Pasteur, and their brilliant 
application by Lister, were quickly seized upon in 
America. The names of Bull, Halstead, Murphy, the 
brothers Mayo, Gushing, and Finney are to be 
ranked with those of the best surgeons of any 
nation. In fact, we may be said to lead the world — 
to use an apt Americanism — in the production of 
surgeons [and surgical plants], just as we do in that 
of automobiles, baby carriages, and antique 

"A few diseases may be cured or ameliorated." I say, 
never cured; and amelioration is a form of building disease. 

A delicate woman became my patient, after suffering 
from megrim for twenty-two years and taking more or less 
palliatives from twenty-two different doctors — a few 
widely known, one a neurologist of more than national 
fame; the majority of whom told her that there was no cure, 
but that, when she changed life, the headaches would cease. 
This was a "bum" guess; for she declared that her suffering 
had been greater the past two years, since her menstruation 
has ceased, than ever before. Just how much the 
psychological suggestion, made by fifteen or twenty 
doctors, that she would not get well for a given time, had to 

do with prolonging her headaches, no one can tell. Drug 
palhation is always inclined to enervate and build Toxemia. 
This woman had been reheved by hypodermics of 
morphine — a fiendish treatment. There should be a law 
against such malpractice. But the majority never handicap 
themselves with prohibitory laws. 

My prescription was: No more smoking in the home (the 
husband being an inveterate smoker); stay in bed; fast, take 
a tub bath and an enema every night until a paroxysm of 
headache had been missed. 

The paroxysms had been coming weekly, beginning on 
Tuesday and leaving her prostrate until Friday. Orders were 
given for a hot bath to be given to full relief, even if it 
required an hour. The patient had only one paroxysm after 
becoming my patient, and that required three-quarters of an 
hour in a hot bath to reUeve. The husband became very 
enthusiastic over the fact that his wife had been of her pain 
without drugs for the first time in twentytwo years. My 
comment on his outburst of rejoicing was: "Your smoking 
and the doctor's drugging were responsible for her 
unnecessary suffering during nearly a quarter of a century." 

Drugging pain of any kind checks elimination and 
prevents the human organism from cleaning house. In this 

case of megrim, every time an eliminating crisis developed' 
the doctor slammed the doors of egress shut and barred 
them with morphine. My prescription reversed the order; it 
opened all the doors, with the result that she never had 
another headache after the one that the hot bath relieved. Of 
course, I tinkered with her eating and other habits 
afterward. People are never sick who have no bad habits. 

About the same time I advised another woman who had 
suffered weekly from paroxysms of megrim for sixteen 
years. Like the first case, she had been medicated by many 
doctors, and told she need not look for a cure until after the 
change of life. The woman, too, had one paroxysm after 
giving up drug palhation and making a few changes in her 
daily habits. 

There were two patients with a "dreadful affliction," 
which was kept "dreadfial" by a senseless and criminal 
medication — and that, too, by physicians holding degrees 
from class A colleges. 

I refer to these two cases to illustrate what "Anonymous" 
means by saying: "Few diseases may be cured or 
ameliorated." Megrim is not cured; and if doping, as these 
two cases were doped, is amehorating, some other name 
should be used in designating the procedure. 


According to the Toxin Philosophy, every so-called 
disease is a crisis of Toxemia; which means that toxin has 
accumulated in the blood above the toleration- point, and 
the crisis, the so-called disease — call it cold, "flu," 
pneumonia, headache, or typhoid fever — is a vicarious 
eMmination. Nature is endeavoring to rid the body of toxin. 
Any treatment that obstructs this effort at elimination 
baffles nature in her effort at self-curing. 

Drugs, feeding, fear, and keeping at work prevent 
elimination. A cold is driven into chronic catarrh; "flu" 
may be forced to take on an infected state; pneumonia may 
end fatally if secretions are checked by dmgs; we already 
know what becomes of headache; typhoid will be forced 
into a septic state and greatly prolonged, if the patient is not 

The above illustrates how "a few cases may be cured or 
ameliorated." But the story is different when the attending 
physician knows that every so-called disease is a complex 
of symptoms signifying a crisis of Toxemia — nature's 
house- cleaning. And she — nature — can succeed admirably 
if not interfered with by venders of poison, who are 
endeavoring to destroy an imaginary entity lurking 

somewhere in the system, which is mightily increased and 
intensified by the venders' cures or amelioratives. 

It is a real pleasure for the doctor who knows that he 
cannot cure anything, to watch nature throw off all these 
symptoms by elimination, if he is willing to do a little 
"watchful waiting" and "keep hands off." The patient will 
he comfortable most of the time, and will say, when asked 
how he is: "I feel all right; I am comfortable." Patients 
never answer in that way when drugged and fed. Yes, when 
nature is not hindered by officious professional meddling, 
sick people can tmthfully say, when well over a crisis of 
house-cleaning: "I had a very comfortable sickness." 
Nature is not revengeful. Great suffering, chronic and fatal 
maladies, are built by the incorrigibleness of patients, and 
the well-meaning but belligerent efforts of the doctors who 
fight the imaginary foe without ceasing. The people are so 
saturated with the idea that disease must he fought to a 
finish that they are not satisfied with conservative 
treatment. Something must be done, even if they pay for it 
with their lives, as tens of thousands do every year. This 
willingness to die on the altar of medical superstition is one 
very great reason why no real improvement is made in 
fundamental medical science. When the people demand 
education — not medication, vaccination, and 
immunizia;ion — they will get it. 

Is there nothing for a doctor to do? Yes, of course! He 
should enter the sick-room with a smile and a cheerful 
word, free from odors, and neat and clean; be natural, and 
free from affectations. He should not tell at how many 
confinements he officiated the night before, or how many 
thousands he has had in the past ten years. Professional 
lobbying is not appropriate in the sickroom. Patients should 
have confidence in their doctor; and if he does a lot of 
medico-poUtical lying, the patient will know it, and it 
sloughs confidence. 

He should advise an enema daily — a stomach- wash if it is 
needed; something warm to the feet; perfect quiet; no food, 
Uquid or sohd, and positively no drugs, but all the water 
desired; a warm bath at night; a hot bath when necessary 
for pain, and as often as necessary to secure comfort. Rest, 
warmth, fresh air, and quiet are curative. Then the 
physician should educate his patient into proper Uving 
habits, so as to avoid future crises of Toxemia. 

When this regime is carried out, and Doctor Nature is 
allowed full control, the pessimistic statement of 
"Anonymous" that "a few diseases may be cured or 
amehorated" can be changed to read: All acute so-called 
diseases can be cured; and the patient will stay cured if he 
will practice self-control concerning the enervating habits 

that brought on his crises of Toxemia. Where this is carried 
out faithfully, so-called chronic diseases will never be built. 


Cancer, tuberculosis, Bright's disease, and all chronic 
diseases were once innocent colds "ameliorated," and 
which returned and were "ameliorated" again and again; 
each time accompanied by a greater constitutional 
enervation, and a greater constitutional toleration for toxin- 
poisoning, requiring a greater requisition of mucous 
membrane through which to eliminate the toxin. 

Research is being carried on vigorously in an attempt to 
find the cause of disease; the conception of disease being 
that it is individual. Here is where invesfigators meet their 
Waterloo. All the so-called diseases are increasing 
symptom complexes due to repeated crises of Toxemia. 
They have no independent existence. As soon as Toxemia 
is controlled, they disappear, unless an organ has been 
forced by innumerable crises to degenerate. Even organic 
change, when the organ is not destroyed, will be overcome 
by correcting the life and getting rid of the cause — crises of 

To find the cause of cancer, start with colds and catarrh, 

and watch the pathology as it travels from irritation, 
catarrh, inflammation, induration, ulceration to cancer. 

As well try to find the cause of man by ignoring his 
conception, embryonic Hfe, childhood, manhood, etc. 

All symptoms of all so-called diseases have one origin. 
All diseases are one. Unity in all things is nature's plan. 
Polytheism is gone, and everything pertaining to it and 
coming out of it must go. 


Few realize man's possibiUties if his handicaps are 
removed — handicaps which are old beliefs and herd- 

The Toxemic Philosophy is founded on the trath that 
there is no such thing as cure. In this it differs from all the 
so-called curing systems. Every pretense or promise of 
cure, in all lines of therapeutics, is false. This cannot be 
grasped by all minds until time for thinking has allowed the 
idea to soak in. Convenfion and superstifion have the floor, 
and they are unwilling to sit down and listen to the other 

side. Many learn slowly, others not at all, and still others 
are put to sleep mentally by truth. 

There are ox-cart minds in every generation. The recent 
episode at Dayton, Tennessee, should cure the enthusiasm 
of those who think the world has outgrown superstition. I 
have bucked up against medical superstitions of all kinds 
all my life, and I know that clear-thinking minds are as 
scarce as hens' teeth. Many compliment me on my clear 
reasoning on medical subjects; but the moment I cross the 
border-line into their ethical, moral and theological 
preserves, they remind me of my trespassing in no 
uncertain terms. Even my own profession is quick to ink 
the waters of my reasoning by declaring that I am an 
infidel — a word that fills the elect with abhorrence. Who is 
an infidel? One who rejects a senseless convention. Didn't 
Christ repudiate the Jehovic cult? 

The average mind prefers the old interpretation of to the 
"new-fangled" definitions. Until the world agrees on one 
dictionary, one Bible, and one God, the tempest in the 
teapot of misunderstanding will continue to ebullate, 
sending the atomized fundamentalists heavenward and the 
anatomized modernists hellward. 

Of course, God made man. He made everything. But why 
not find out just how He made him? Surely there is as much 
"glory to God" in discovering just how He did it as in 
accepting an infantile interpretation which up to date has 
got us nowhere. When we know how man is made, we shall 
understand the laws of his being; and it will not be 
necessary for him to die of apoplexy, stone in the gall- 
bladder or kidney, hardening of the arteries, or any other 
so-called disease caused by breaking the laws of his body 
and mind. 

If we do our duty to our children, shall we teach them the 
laws of their being and how to respect them, or shall we go 
on in the same old way, and, when they get sick from 
breaking the laws of their being and ruin their health, call a 
surgeon who will cut out God's mistakes? Think it over; or, 
if you're too fanatical or bigoted to think, pay a surgeon to 
cut out the effects of wrong hving, and continue the cause. 


Let us do a little homely reasoning. We are inclined to be 
awed by the word "infinite." The infinite is Umitless to our 
Umited comprehension — it is a relative term and 
ambiguous; but, as we grow in experience, our once Umited 

comprehensions take on extended dimensions. Each 
person's infinite is personal and varies from every other 
person's comprehension. We cannot think in terms of the 
Umitless, and we should not try; for, if we know the 
analysis of an atom of salt, we know the analysis of the 
infinite amount there is in the world. This is tnie of all 
elements. If we know the analysis of a pound of butter, we 
know the analysis of the infinite amount contained in the 
world. If we know all about a man, we know all about all 
men. If we know what finite love is, we know that infinite 
love is of the same character. 

We should keep our feet on the ground — stay on earth — 
and be satisfied that all worlds are like our world. 


We know all by an intensive study of a part. If we know 
all about one disease, we know all about all diseases. 

We shall tell the reader all about Toxemia, and then he 
should know all about all diseases; for Toxemia is the basic 
cause of all diseases. 

Instead of beginning at the top of any subject, we should 

begin at the bottom and work up. The usual way for our 
finite minds is to accept the infinite on faith; then to us the 
comprehensible does not agree with our preconception, our 
faith is shocked, our house of belief is divided against 
itself, and we fall. This is the parting of the ways; and we 
must reconcile our faith and knowledge by transferring our 
faith to the belief that the road to all knowledge is by way 
of the comprehensible. We must either do this or live in 
doubt concerning the knowable, and accept the unknowable 
on faith. 

Every truth squares itself with every other truth; every 
department of science and reason blends into a unit. The 
laws of hfe are those of the cosmos; the laws of the 
universe are the laws of God. The road to an understanding 
of God is from rock to man, and through man to God. 
Every step must be a block of truth, or G od, the goal, will 
be sidestepped. Behold the head-on collision of the 
Christian world and the wholesale massacre that took place 
during the World War — all due to undigested truth. The 
world is full of truth; but mental indigestion, due to wrong 
food combinations, is universal. 

Many think they know what 1 mean when 1 use the word 
"Toxemia," having referred to the dictionary for its 


Toxin Poisoning — Toxin: Any of a class of poisonous 
compounds of animal, bacterial, and vegetable origin — any 
poisonous ptomaine. (Standard Dictionary.) 

There are so many ways for the blood to become 
poisoned that, unless what I mean by "Toxemia" is 
thoroughly comprehended, there must be a confused 
understanding. This explanation is made necessary because 
even professional men have said to me; "Oh, yes, I beheve 
in the poisoning resulting froin retained excretions 
(constipation) and ptomaine (food) poisoning." 

As stated before, a ptomaine poisoning resulting from the 
ingestion of food that has taken on a state of putrescence, or 
a poisoning resulting from this change taking place in food 
after it has been eaten, and which is generally called 
autotoxemia, is not an autogenerated poisoning. Both of 
these poisons are generated on the outside of the body, and 
must be absorbed before the blood can be poisoned. Food 
or poison in the intestines is still on the outside of the body. 
A suppurating wound, ulcer, or chancre is on the outside of 
the body, and if it causes septic (blood) poisoning, it will be 
because the waste- products are not allowed to drain — to 

escape. The discharge being obstructed, it becomes septic, 
and its forced absorption poisons the blood. Even vaccinia 
fails to produce septic poisoning, because its poison is 
discharged on the surface — on the outside of the body. 
Occasionally the waste- products are forced to enter the 
blood because of faulty dressings; then septic poisoning, 
with death, follows. 


It should not be forgotten that unobstructed free drainage 
from wounds, ulcers, canals, ducts, keep them aseptic (non- 
poisonous). The deadly germ on the hands, lips, drinking- 
cups, hanging- straps of street cars — in fact, found 
anywhere and everywhere — is not deadly until it gets 
mixed up with man's deadly dirty, filthy physical and 
mental habits. There are people who cannot be taught 
cleanliness; they either scrub their bodies raw or neglect 
them overtime. It is an art to wear clothes and maintain a 
state of cleanliness conducive to health. Venereal and all 
skin diseases, including the eruptive fevers, are fostered by 
clothes. There is something more than prejudice, 
fanaticism, and partisanship in my reiterated allusions to 
the congeneric relationship of syphilis, vaccination, and 
smallpox. The kinship would have been settled long ago if 

vaccine and vaccinia were not commercialized. Will those 
with millions invested, and turning out large dividends, 
willingly be convinced that they are engaged in the 
wholesale syphihzation of the people? It is not in keeping 
with our commercialized religion. 

The deadly germ must be mixed with retained, pent-up 
waste-products before it becomes metamorphosed into its 
deadly toxic state. The dog or other animal licks it out of 
his wound. When the "deadly germ" is osculated into the 
mouth, and from there into the stomach, it is digested. The 
normal secretions of the body, on the outside as well as on 
the inside of the body, are more than enough to get away 
with all the "deadly germs" allotted to each person. 

Normal persons are deadly to all germs and parasites 
peculiar to the human habitat. 

Normal people have no need of heaven or hell; these are 
conjurations of ignorance and filth on the search for 
artificial immunization. Truth immunizes the germ fallacy. 

Cures and immunization are the products of a civilization 
that does not civilize. Creedal religion is a cure and an 
immunization for those who would be good if evil did not 
betide them. 

Self-control and a knowledge of the limitations of our 
privileges bring to us the best in life; then, if we are 
contented to live one world at a time, we shall have the best 
preparation for the tomorrows (future) as they come. If we 
live well today — live for health of mind and body today — 
we need not worry about the germs that come tomorrow. 

Those who preach fear of germs today are the mental 
offspring of those who have preached fear of God, devil, 
hell, and heaven in the past. They do not know that the fear 
which they inculcate is more to be dreaded than the object 
of their warning. Fear does a thousand times more harm 
than any other one cause of Toxemia. 

Nature goes her limit in the prevention or absorption of 
any and all poisons. The indurated wall built at the base of 
ulceration is a conservative measure — it is to prevent 
absorption. In the matter of prevention, nature sometimes 
goes too far, and builds tumors and indurations so dense as 
to obstruct the circulation; then degeneration takes place, 
with slow absorption of the septic matter. This poisoning 
takes place very insidiously. It is called cachexia, and the 
names given to this pathology are syphihs or cancer; or, if 
of the lungs, it is called tuberculosis. 

This may be thought a very great digression from the 
subject of Toxemia; but, as all pathological roads lead to 
Rome — the unity of all diseases — an apology is not 


The medical world has been looking for a remedy to cure 
disease, notwithstanding the obvious fact that nature needs 
no remedy — she needs only an opportunity to exercise her 
own prerogative of self-heaUng. 

A few years ago a sick doctor offered dollars for a cure 
for cancer. If he had known the cause of disease, instead of 
being scientifically educated, he would not have died 
believing in the possibility of a cure, after nature had 
passed her eternal fiat of unfitness in his case. Cancer is the 
culmination of years of abuse of nutrition, and years of 
Toxemia from faulty elimination. Forcing the bowels to 
move is an old and conventional method of so-called 
eUmination which gets rid of the accumulation in the 
bowels, causing an extra amount of water to be thrown out 
by the kidneys and bowels; but this forcing measure adds to 
enervation by its overstimulation, and further inhibits 
ehmination proper — elimination of waste-products in the 

blood, the source of all disease-producing toxins. The most 
powerful eliminant is a fast. In other words, give nature 
rest, and she needs no so-called cures. Rest means: Stay in 
bed, poise mind and body, and fast. Nature then works 
without handicaps, unless fear is created by all the old fear- 
mongers, professional and lay, sending to the patient the 
waming: "It is dangerous to fast; you may never live 
through it." These wiseacres do not know that there is a 
vast difference between fasting and starving. 

Here is a hint for those kill-joys who are afraid to allow 
their patients to fast: You know, or think you do, that 
people who are forced to stay in bed from injury never do 
well, and this is especially true of old people. Why? 
Because they are overfed. 


Germs as a cause of disease is a dying fallacy. The 
bacteriological deadmarch is on, and those with their ears 
to the ground can hear it. Intuition is forcing the active 
medical minds to fortify against the coming revulsion; they 
are buckling on the armor of endocrinology. 
Endocrinology, focal infection, autogenous and synthetic 
remedies, vaccine and serum immunization, are some of the 

high points in the science of medicine today; but there is a 
lack of fundamental unity to the system; and nature abhors 
chaos as she does a vacuum. 

Toxemia accepts the germ (organized ferment) as it does 
the enzyme (unorganized ferment). Both are necessary to 

My theories have received but little attention except from 
plagiarists. A few, a very few, physicians know what I 
stand for. Those few, however, are enthusiastic, and have 
proved to their own satisfaction that the theory has a 
universal application. Many attempt to work Toxemia 
along with some little two-by-four pet curing system — it 
means petting a little personal pride; but it will not work. 
Toxemia is big enough for the best in any man. 

What more can be asked by any doctor than a philosophy 
of cause that gives a perfect understanding of the cause of 
all so-called diseases? To know cause supphes even the 
layman with a dependable cure and an immunization that 
immunizes rationally. Dependable knowledge is man's 
salvation; and when it can be had with as little effort as that 
required for a thorough understanding of the Philosophy of 
Toxemia there is little excuse for any man, lay or 
professional, to hazard ignorance of it. 

Toxin — the designating poison in Toxemia — is a product 
of metabolism. It is a constant, being constantly generated; 
and when the nerve-energy is normal, it is as constantly 
eliminated as fast as produced. 

The body is strong or weak, as the case may be, 
depending entirely on whether the nerve-energy is strong or 
weak. And it should be remembered that the functions of 
the body are carried on well or badly according to the 
amount of energy generated. 


Without nerve-energy the functions of the various organs 
of the body cannot be carried on. Secretions are necessary 
for preparing the building-up material to take the place of 
worn-out tissue. The worn-out tissue must be removed — 
eliminated — from the blood as fast as it is formed, or it 
accumulates, and, as it is toxic, the system will be 
poisoned. This becomes a source of enervation. 

Elimination of the waste- products of tissue-building is 
just as necessary as the building-up process. As these two 
important functions depend on each other, and as both 

depend on the proper amount of nerve -energy to do their 
work well, it behooves all people who would enjoy life and 
health to the full to understand in what way they may be 
ftugal in using nerve-energy so that they may leam how to 
Uve conservatively or prudently, thereby enjoying the 
greatest mental and physical efficiency, and also the 
longest life. (See chapter on "Enervating Habits.") 

To the ignorant, thoughtless, and sensual such suggestion 
and advice will seem unnecessary, or perhaps the whims or 
preachments of a crotchety person, or the qualms of a sated 
sensuahst; but it is the writer's belief that the more sober 
and thoughtfijl will welcome a knowledge that will help 
them to become masters of themselves. So far the masses 
have trusted their health and life to a profession that has 
failed to make good. I say this advisedly; for now the 
supposed masters in the profession are looking for the 
causes of disease, and it should be obvious to any thinking 
mind that, until the cause of disease is found, certainly no 
dependable advice can be given as to how to avoid disease. 

Fifty-eight years of independent thinking, unbiased by 
sect or creed, have enabled me to discover the true cause of 
disease; and it is so simple that even a child can leam to 
protect itself against the said-to-be "diseases peculiar to 

"These are the times that try men's souls." If Tom Paine 
were here now, he would change the wording of that hne to 
read: "These are the times that try men's nerves." Nerve- 
energy and good money are the commodities that are spent 
very rapidly these days. Chasing the dollar causes great 
waste of energy; and the dollar has been chased so much 
that it has developed wanderlust to such a degree that men 
enervate themselves catching up with a few, but prostrate 
themselves endeavoring to break them of their wander- 
habit. There are many ways to use up nerve-energy. It 
should be the ambition of everybody to conserve all the 
nerve-energy possible for the extraordinary amount 
required to keep the speeding-up necessary to adjust 
humanity to the automobile pace. This will come in time. 

Man adjusted himself to the change from the ox-cart, 
Dobbin the flea-bitten, string-halt, and blind, and the 
steamboats, on which our forebears took their honeymoon 
trips, to the "steam-cars" and high- stepping bays and 
family carriage. 

Many will go into the hands of the receiver before the 
nervous system becomes adjusted to high-power 
automobiles and flying- machines. 

Without nerve-energy the functions of the body cannot be 
carried on properly. The present-day strenuousness causes 
enervation, which checks elimination, and the retained 
toxins bring on Toxemia. 

Everything that acts on the body uses up energy. Cold 
and heat require the expenditure of nerve-energy to adjust 
the body to the changes. 

After middle life, those who would keep well and hve to 
be old must have a care concerning keeping warm and 
avoiding chilling of the body. They must let up on table 
pleasures and practice self-restraint in all ways. Allowing 
the feet to be cold for any length of time allowing the body 
to chill when a top-coat would prevent — is using up nerve- 
energy very fast. 

Work with worry will soon end in flagging energy — 

As no provision is made for the demand of an extra 
supply of energy at a given time, it is necessary, very 
necessary, to know how to conserve what we have and 
build more. 


Now that I have found that enervation is the source of the 
cause of the only disease (Toxemia) to which manidnd is 
heir, it is easy to see that the so-called science of medicine, 
as practiced, is an ally extraordinary of all the causes of 
enervation, and becomes a builder of disease instead of 
curing or ameliorating man's sufferings. Every so-called 
cure in its very nature causes enervation. Even the drugs 
used to relieve pain end in making a greater pain, and 
sometimes kill. The drugs to relieve cough in pneumonia 
sometimes kill the patient. Removing stone from the gall- 
bladder does not cure the cause, and more stones form. 

Rest from habits that enervate is the only way to put 
nature in line for curing. Sleep and rest of body and mind 
are necessary to keep a sufficient supply of energy. Few 
people in active life rest enough. 


Enervation per se is not disease. Weakness, lost power, is 
not disease; but, by causing a flagging of the ehmination of 

tissue- waste, which is toxic, the blood becomes charged 
with toxin, and this we call Toxemia — poison in the blood. 
This is disease, and when the toxin accumulates beyond the 
toleration-point, a crisis takes place; which means that the 
poison is being eUminated. This we call disease, but it is 
not. The only disease is Toxemia, and what we call diseases 
are the symptoms produced by a forced vicarious 
elimination of toxin through the mucous membrane. 

When the elimination takes place through the mucous 
membrane of the nose, it is called a cold — catarrh of the 
nose; and where these crises are repeated for years, the 
mucous membrane thickens and ulcerates, and the bones 
enlarge, closing the passage, etc. At this stage hay- fever or 
hay- asthma develops. When the throat and tonsils, or any 
of the respiratory passages, become the seat of the crises of 
Toxemia, we have croup, tonsilitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, 
bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, etc. What is in a name? All 
are symptoms of the expulsion of toxin from the blood at 
the different points named, and are essentially of the same 
character and evolving from the one cause namely, 
Toxemia — crises of Toxemia. 

This description can be extended to every organ of the 
body; for any organ that is enervated below the average 
standard from stress of habit, from work or worry, from 

injury, or from whatever cause, may become the location of 
crises of Toxemia. The symptoms presented differ with 
each organ affected; and that gives color to the belief that 
every symptom- complex is a separate and distinct disease. 
But, thanks to the new light shed upon nomenclature 
(naming disease) by the Philosophy of Toxemia, every 
symptom- complex goes back to the one and only cause of 
all so-called diseases — namely. Toxemia. 

The symptoms that are called gastritis (catarrh of the 
stomach) are very unlike the symptoms of cystitis (catarrh 
of the urinary bladder); yet both are caused by crises of 
Toxemia — both become the locations for the vicarious 
elimination of toxin from the blood. 

It should be obvious to the discerning how extraordinarily 
illogical it is to treat catarrh of the nose as a local disease; 
or, when crises are repeated until ulceration takes place, 
and the mucous membrane becomes so sensitive that dust 
and pollen cause sneezing and watering of the eyes — 
symptoms called hay- fever — to treat these symptoms as a 
distinct disease caused by pollen. Rest and total abstinence 
from food, liquid and sohd, and reforming all enervating 
habits, will restore nerve-energy; the elimination of toxin 
through the natural channels will take place, and full health 
will retum. This state will remain permanently if the 

erstwhile victim of hay- fever, or any other so-called 
disease, will "stay put." 

The first eUmination of toxin through the nose is called a 
cold. When this elimination is continuous, with 
exacerbation — toxin crises (fresh colds) — occasionally, 
ulceration takes place, bony spurs form, and hay- fever 
develops. These are all symptoms of toxin elimination. The 
cause is the same from the first cold to hay-fever. The 
catarrhal discharge that continues throughout the interims 
of fresh colds (crises of Toxemia) is chronic catarrh, named 
such in medical nomenclatures, and treated locally as 
though it were an independent, fiendish entity; when the 
truth is that the victim of so-called chronic catarrh keeps his 
system enervated by tobacco, alcohol, sugar and sweets of 
all kinds, coffee, tea, excessive eating of butter and bread, 
too much rich cooking, excessive eating of all foods, excess 
of sensual pleasures, etc. ( See chapter on "Causes of 

Keeping the system enervated prevents the 
reestabhshment in full of elimination through the normal 
excretory organs. The organism, as time runs on, becomes 
more tolerant of toxin, and the "catching- cold habit" shows 
fewer (colds) crises of Toxemia. A greater number of the 
mucous membranes are requisitioned to carry out vicarious 

elimination. The whole organism begins to show 
deterioration. The so- called chronic diseases begin to 
manifest. In catarrh of the stomach the mucous membrane 
takes on thickening, hardening, ulceration, and cancer — all 
described in the nomenclature of medical science as so 
many distinctive diseases. But they are no more distinctive 
than President Washington was distinct from the boy 
George who cut down his father's cherry tree. Cancer was 
once the symptom- complex of a so-called cold; but, 
according to the Philosophy of Toxemia, it is the end of 
many crises of Toxemia. As the crises continued, 
symptoms changed, in accordance with the organic 
degeneration caused by the crises of Toxemia. 

Every so-called disease has the same inception, evolution, 

and maturity, differing only as the organic structure 
involved differs. 

Treating the various symptom- complexes as distinct 
entities is fully as scientific as salving the end of a dog's 
tail for its sore ear. 

All diseases are the same fundamentally. 

The cause travels back to Toxemia, caused by enervation, 
which checked elimination; and enervating habits of body 

and mind are the primary causes of lost resistance 

Every chronic disease starts with Toxemia and a toxemic 
crisis. The crises are repeated until organic changes take 
place. The chain of symptoms range from cold or catarrh to 
Bright's disease, tuberculosis, cancer, syphilis, ataxia, and 
other so-called diseases; all, from beginning to end, 
symptoms of the cumulative effects of crises of Toxemia. 

Enervation Is General 

EVERYBODY was surprised at the large percentage of 
our young manhood plucked by the medical examining 
boards during the World War. To that surprise, add the one 
which the Philosophy of Toxemia adds, and thinking 
people should he appalled. 

The examining boards passed all young men who did not 
show a developed pathology; which meant all who did not 
show some change of organ or tissue — structural change. 

When it is known that functional derangements precede 
structural changes by months and even years, it should be 
quite obvious that there were more young men passed by 
the boards who were potentially ill or unable to carry on 
than were plucked. Time has proven this generally 
unknown fact true; for before the war was over ninety- five 
per cent of the American army had received hospital 
attention for sickness, other than injury, from one to five 
times. And the boys who did not get over to France died by 
the thousands from the "flu." 

What does this mean? It means that hfe as it is lived 
causes the people generally to be enervated. And when 
nerve-energy drops below normal, the elimination of toxin 
— a natural product of metabohsm is checked, and it is 
retained in the blood, bringing on Toxemia — the first, last, 
and only efficient cause of all so-called diseases. 

It should be obvious to discerning, minds that the amount 
of toxin in the blood must vary with each individual, and 
that the degree of resistance also must vary with each 
individual. An amount would cause a toxemic crisis in one 
would apparently have no effect on another. An enervating 
cause — the usual immunization — that would scarcely 
produce a reaction at one time in a given subject might 
send the same subject to a hospital at another time, or even 
be fatal instanter. Active anaphylaxis is the alibi or apology 
of the pro-vaccinators; but it does not change the fact that 
vaccines are poisons, even if they are "pure," regardless of 
the iterated and reiterated protests that they are innocent 
and harmless. 

The amount of harm done the army by vaccination and 
re- vaccination will never be known. No words can describe 
the harm that immunizing with vaccines and serums has 
done and is doing, except wholesale vandahsm. 

The average doctor cannot think, and the others do not 
dare to think except conventionally out loud. I do not know 
where to place the men of the medical profession who are 
capable of thinking, but who refuse to allow reason to 
guide them in their thinking in the matter of so-called 
immunization. Can class-consciousness or class-bigotry 
explain? Surely knavishness is unfit. It has been said of me, 
because of my stand against the germ theory and 
vaccination, that I have "peculiar views;" by some, that I 
am "an ignoramus." If I am, it is strange that fundamentally 
I find my thoughts and beliefs running parallel with one of 
the greatest thinkers of the nineteenth century — the famous 
English philosopher, Herbert Spencer. I was browsing in 
my library a few days ago, and picked up "Facts and 
Comments." I tumed to "Vaccination," and in it found 
more worthwhile, constmctive thought, in a short essay of 
less than three pages, than can be found in all medical 
literature on the same subject. I have decided to quote the 
whole essay, and I shall be pleased if others get the mental 
kick out of it that I have enjoyed: 

"When once you interfere with the order of 
nature, there is no knowing where the results will 
end," was the remark made in my presence by a 
distinguished biologist. There immediately escaped 
from him an expression of vexation at his lack of 

reticence; for he saw the various uses I might malce 
of the admission. 

Jenner and his disciples have assumed that when 
the vaccine virus has passed through a patient's 
system he is safe, or comparatively safe, against 
smallpox, and that there the matter ends. I will not 
here say anything for or against this assumption.'" 

^Except, indeed, by quoting the statement of a well- 
known man, Mr. Kegan Paul, the pubhsher, respecting his 
own experience. In his "Memoirs" (pp. 260-61) he says, 
respecting his smallpox when adult: "I had had smallpox 
when a child, in spite of vaccination, and had been 
vaccinated but a short time before. I am the third of my 
own immediate family who have had smallpox twice, and 
with whom vaccination has always taken." 

I merely propose to show that there the matter 
does not end. The interference with the order of 
nature has various sequences other than that 
counted upon. Some have been made known. 

A Parliamentary Return issued in 1880 (No, 392) 
shows that, comparing the quinquennial periods 
1847-1851 and 1874-1878, there was in Ihe laller a 
diminution in Ihe deaths from all causes of infants 
under one year old of 6,600 per million births per 
annum; while the mortality caused by eight 

specified diseases, either directly communicable or 
exacerbated by the effects of vaccination, increased 
from 20,524 to 41,353 per million births per 
annum — more than double. It is clear that far more 
were killed by these other diseases than were saved 
from smallpox."' 

^This was in the days of arm-to- arm vaccination, when 
medical men were certain that other diseases (syphilis, for 
instance) could not be communicated through the vaccine 
virus. Anyone who looks into the Transactions of the 
Epidemiological Society of some thirty years ago will kind 
that they were suddenly convinced to the contrary by a 
dreadful case of wholesale syphihzation. In these days of 
calf-lymph vaccination, such dangers are excluded; not that 
of bovine tuberculosis, however. But I name the fact as 
showing what amount of faith is to be placed in medical 

To the communication of diseases thus 
demonstrated must be added accompanying effects. 
It is held that the immunity produced by 
vaccination implies some change in the components 
of the body — a necessary assumption. But now, if 
the substances composing the body, solid or liquid 
or both, have been so modified as to leave them no 
longer liable to smallpox, is the modification 
otherwise inoperative? Will anyone dare to say that 

it produces no further effect than that of shielding 
the patient from a particular disease? You cannot 
change the constitution in relation to one invading 
agent and leave it unchanged in regard to all other 
invading agents. What must the change be? There 
are cases of unhealthy persons in whom a serious 
disease, as typhoid fever, is followed by improved 
health. But these are not normal cases; if they 
were, a healthy person would become more healthy 
by having a succession of diseases. (Toxemia 
explains this phenomena. — Ed.) Hence, as a 
constitution modified by vaccination is not made 
more able to resist perturbing influences in general, 
it must be made less able. Heat and cold and wet 
and atmospheric changes tend ever to disturb the 
balance, as do also various foods, excessive 
exertion, mental strain. We have no means of 
measuring alterations in resisting power, and hence 
they commonly pass unremarked. There are, 
however, evidences of a general relative debility. 
Measles is a severer disease than it used to be, and 
deaths from it are very numerous. Influenza yields 
proof. Sixty years ago, when at long intervals an 
epidemic occurred, it seized but few, w as not 
severe, and left no serious sequelae; now it is 
permanently established, affects multitudes in 
extreme forms, and often leaves damaged 
constitutions. The disease is the same, but there is 
less ability to withstand it. 

There are other significant facts. It is a familiar 
biological trutli tliat tlie organs of sense and tlie 
teeth arise out of the dermal layer of the embryo. 
Hence abnormalities affect all of them; blue-eyed 
cats are deaf, and hairless dogs have imperfect 
teeth. ("Origin of Species," Chap. 1.) The like 
holds of constitutional abnormalities caused by 
disease. Syphilis in its earlier stages is a skin 
disease. When it is inherited, the effects are 
malformation of teeth, and in later years iritis 
(inflammation of the iris.) Kindred relations hold 
with other skin diseases; instance the fact that 
scarlet fever is often accompanied by loosening of 
the teeth, and the fact that with measles often go 
disorders — sometimes temporary, sometimes 
permanent — of both eyes and ears. May it not be 
thus with another skin disease — that which 
vaccination gives? If so, we have an explanation of 
the frightful degeneracy of teeth among young 
people in recent times; and we need not wonder at 
the prevalence of weak and defective eyes among 
them. Be these suggestions true or not, one thing is 
certain: The assumption that vaccination changes 
the constitution in relation to smallpox, and does 
not otherwise change it, is sheer folly. 

"When once you inteifere with the order of nature, there 
is no knowing where the results will end." 

Interfering with the order of nature is a vast subject — one 
without end; but nature "comes smiling through," except 
when overwhelmed. Health — good health — is a greater 
force than bad — than every interference — and can correct 
every evil effect that is not fatal, if the influence is 

Stimulants, continued over a long period, cause a gradual 
deterioration, and finally, unless the habit is stopped, end 
fatally. Toxin is a stimulant and a natural product of 
metabohsm. When the body is normal, the toxin is removed 
as fast as generated; but when any enervating habit is 
practiced beyond the power of recuperation, the toxin 
accumulates, and Toxemia is established — which means 
that the body has lost its protecting power. Now, if vaccine 
or any infection gains entrance into the blood, "there is no 
knowing where the effects will end." 

Toxemia throws light on this perplexing point. When an 
infection takes place in a person with normal resistance, 
creating a vaccinia — a local skin inflammation — and pus- 
formation occurs, it usually ends with the healing of the 
abcess. If inoculation of smallpox vims is made in the 
Jennerian way, by inserting the vims subcutaneously — 
spUtting the skin and rubbing it in — violent septic infection 

takes place, causing death in many cases. Laws were 
passed in England many years ago prohibiting this practice. 

In toxemic subjects, a local infection set up by the vims 
of sepsis from any source vaccination, a badly cared-for 
injury, a wound that fails to drain, an infected tooth, sinus, 
etc. — causes a septic fever of a malignant type, which is 
Uable to end in death or in invahdism. A system badly 
enervated and toxemic, has little power to resist; and when 
the blood is very toxemic, it is very vulnerable to the 
influence of any infection. 

Where the infection is not so malignant as to overwhelm 
the system, due to the virulence of the infecting agent, or to 
the enervation and toxemic state being so great as to have 
destroyed resistance, the patient may rally from the crisis 
and get well under the proper management. If, however, the 
management is bad, the patient may linger in a state of 
semi- invalidism for a few months or years, and finally die. 

Mr. Roosevelt's illness and taking-off at least twenty- five 
years too soon was a pronounced type of such 
derangement. The great and forceful man was 
pronouncedly toxemic. He was injured, as everybody 
knows, on one of his trips into the jungles. Infection took 
place, which probably would have killed a less robust man. 

He returned home, and continued enervating habits, 
preventing his fine body from cleaning house. 

Such cases can be brought back to the normal, but never 
under conventional treatment. 

When toxemic subjects are infected, the infection will 
never be eliminated entirely until enervation and Toxemia 
are overcome. Unless patients of this character are put to 
bed and fasted until elimination is completed, then fed 
properly, and taught how to eat within their limitations, and 
unless they are wilhng to give up all enervating habits, 
there is no hope of their ever getting well. These subjects 
often develop tuberculosis. Brighl's disease, and other 
lingering so- called diseases. Our federal hospitals are full 
of young men who will never get well; for Toxemia is 
developed faster than it is thrown ok. Scientific medicine is 

Nature's order is interfered with by enervating habits 
until Toxemia is established; then a vaccination, or an 
infection from any source, acts sooner or later as a 
firebrand in causing the most vulnerable organ to take on 
organic change. The organ, however, has nothing to do 
with cause, and directing treatment to the organ is 
compounding fallacy. Types of such nonsense are blood- 

transfusion for pernicious anemia; gland treatment for 
gland impotency; cutting out stones, ulcers, tumors, etc. 

There is no question but that one of the most pernicious 
practices in vogue today is treating so-called disease with 
disease, and immunizing with the products of disease. 

One of the first things to do to get rid of any so-called 
disease is to get rid of Toxemia; for it is this state of the 
blood that makes disease possible. Infection, drug-and 
food-poisoning may kill; but if they do not, they will be 
short- hved in a subject free frown enervation and Toxemia. 
Conversely, the poisoning will linger in the system until 
Toxemia is overcome; then eUmination will remove all 
traces of infection. 

Syphilitic infection in a pronouncedly toxemic subject is 
thrown into great virulency by conventional treatment. The 
infection is the least offender of the trio. Add fear and 
wrong eating, and we have a formidable symptom- 
complex, justifying all that professional syphilomaniacs say 
and write about the disease. Remove Toxemia, drugging, 
fear, and vile eating, and there is little left. What there is 
can easily be thrown out by nature. 

WE are builders of tomorrow, and we need not pay a 
fortune-teller — a doctor, lawyer, preacher, banker — to 
tell us what will happen to us tomorrow. "Nothing will 
happen. The inevitable will come. We shall inherit the 
fruits of today's sowing. 


THE state or quality of being balanced. Figuratively, 
equanimity; repose. 

Equanimity — Evenness of mind or temper; composure; 
calmness. (Standard Dictionary.) 

I presume that, to be technically poised, we should be 
anatomically, physiologically, and chemically balanced; 
but, as asymmetry is the rule, we cannot hope to be 
balanced. We can, however, strive for equanimity — 
evenness of mind and temper. 

Contentment comes with striving, not with possession. 
Apparently this is not always true; for we see people very 
dissatisfied and unhappy who are busy. 

Someone has said: "Blessed is the man who has found 
work." This means that he is fully occupied and contented 
with his work, not its emoluments. No man is satisfied with 
work that has nothing in it but the dollars he gets out of it. 
Nothing but creative work satisfies the mind. 

What is there in it? Advancement, self- development, and 
a chance in the future to do good are about as httle as will 
satisfy ambition. 

To make for contentment, the work must occupy and 
satisfy the mind. Idle minds are dissatisfied minds. If asked 
what prescription I would give children to secure their 
future happiness, I would say: Teach then to love work! 
work! work! We have overworked the old saying: "All 
work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Now it is 
reversed to: "AH play and no work makes Jack a bandit. ' 

If parents cannot keep children busy, the city, county, or 
state should furnish work — not in industrial schools, but the 
work that is best suited to each child. A child must be busy. 
Christ got busy at twelve years of age and earlier. We must 
be busy. 

As I said, contentment comes with striving, not with 
possession. This is a law of psychology as 1 well as of 
physics. We should be happy that we are not contented; for; 
if we were, we should not have anything to overcome — no 
reason for striving — and, of course, fail to enjoy the work 
and labor of attaining. 

"Man never is, but always to be blest. (Pope.)" Because 
Pope made that statement, it should not be taken too 
seriously. I have found many people blest who did not 
know it. There are more blessings in disguise than are 
found in the limelight. One of the commonest blessings of 
mankind is that about ninety-nine per cent of our wants we 
never reahze. If most people could cut out time as often as 
they wish, their lives would be greatly shortened: "I wish it 
were this time next year." "I wish now were ten years from 
now; I should then be through college and established in 

The disposition of most people is to seek abridgement. 
Nature abhors a vacuum, and that is what abridgements are. 
"Get- Rich-Quick Wallingford" is the ideal of all. 

Short-cuts to success; a salesmanship that means coercing 
the vacillating — those of weak will, those who can be 
persuaded to buy prematurely, those who do not know their 
own minds; in short, inducing people to buy what they do 
not need and cannot afford is called good salesmanship. 
What is the matter with the people today? General 
indebtedness. The sales-people have made more than they 
know how to spend wisely on themselves — they do not 
know how to fill their vacuums. Those who have been 
persuaded to run in high when they should have stayed in 

low — or, what would have been better, continued to ride a 
bicycle or remained on foot — are distressed because of 
premature supply. Both extremes lack poise, and build 
restlessness and dissatisfaction. The automobile is a 
necessity; but it has been forced into a luxury that has far 
outmn necessity. It has built great fortunes at one end, and 
marked poverty at the other end, that will create a financial 
disease called panic, unless remedied soon. Panic is another 
name for a vacuum which will be filled with much 
unhappiness. A prediction of five years ago. 

Getting through school without filling in the time well, by 
short-cuts, ponies, and favoritism, builds vacuity. Time and 
honest labor are necessary for building character, 
education, and ability in any and all lines. In the physical as 
well as in the mental world the old Latin apothegm applies: 
Cito maturum, cito putridum — "Soon ripe, soon rotten." 
Athletes die early. Why? Development is forced. Excessive 
use of the muscular system forces an extra supply of blood 
to the muscles. This in turn forces an extra supply of food 
to meet the demand of waste and supply. Overstimulation 
enervates, and the toxin fails to be carried out as rapidly as 
formed; hence Toxemia is established, which gradually 
brings on degeneration of heart and blood-vessels. "No 
chain is stronger than its weakest link." In athletics' the 
strongest links are in constant use for all the strength they 

have. The stability that youth gives tissue is rapidly ageing, 
with the result that the athlete dies of senility in youth. 
Fitzsimmons was called the "grand old man of the ring" at 
thirty-five. In this saying, which was meant to be a 
compliment to the king of athletes, was an expression of 
scientific knowledge beyond understanding in the sporting 
world — subconsciously building better than they knew; for 
in reality he had aged himself by stressing his body. 

Youth wants to move faster than good, substantial growth 
justifies. Young professional men are in hot-haste to 
succeed their predecessors, always confident that they can 
do more than fill their places. 

Today inexperience is hot-footing civilization to a quick 
maturity, and obviously to a premature end. Hot-haste has 
iU-prepared even those with age to be safe advisers. 
Knowledge not seasoned by time, experience, and poise 
never matures. 

Poise and equanimity have become meaningless terms in 
this age. The elements of success which make for ideal 
maturity are lacking in the welding influence of time and 
experience. The present-day mind is athletic; it is 
prematurely aged at the expense of time, which is required 
for stabilizing. Hospitals, penitentiaries, and insane 

asylums cannot be built fast enough to accommodate the 
prematurely senile. That is what disease is — old-age tissue 
outrunning the supply of new. 

Too many abridgments, from the kindergarten to the high 
school and on through college, leave vacuums to be filled 
by the hes of civilization, and the disease and unhappiness 
that false knowledge and immature judgment bring. 

Personal pecuharities, affectations, and petty habits of all 
kinds are boomerangs that retum to poison life's sweet 

Nature smiles on those who are natural; but those who 
persist in grimacing, mentally or physically, she joins in a 
conspiracy to distort them at their pleasure. We can be 
happy and contented, or we can be unhappy and 
discontented. We can make our choice, and nature will do 
the rest. 

I just came from a drug- store into which I had stepped to 
purchase a tube of camphor ice. The druggist fumbled, and, 
being self-conscious, his self-pity made it necessary for 
him to say that he was feeling bad and had been lying down 
most of the afternoon. He accompanied his remarks with a 
sick grimace of his features and a bodily expression of 

weakness. He, no doubt, would have enjoyed discussing his 
discomforts with me, but I ignored the subject and passed 
out. He is cultivating a sick habit that will spoil his hfe and 
make of him a bore to all except those who frequent his 
shop hunting cures. "Misery loves company." People with 
the sick habit flock together, and never appear to tire 
recounting and comparing their discomforts. The most 
insignificant symptoms are retained in memory for years. 
Self-pity causes them to exaggerate, and in time they 
beheve the worst possible about themselves. Such a life is 
mined, unless complete reformation is made. This state of 
mind brings on enervation and Toxemia. The symptoms are 
a general nervousness, indigestion, constipation, coated 
tongue, anxiety concerning cancer or some other malady 
that may prove fatal. The muscular system is more or less 
tensed. The constipation is accompanied by an abnormal 
contraction of the rectum. The entire body is abnormally 
tense. Such patients have difficulty in going to sleep, and 
when they are about to drop off to sleep they are awakened 
with a jerk — a violent contraction of all the muscles. These 
people are hght sleepers, and complain that they do not 
sleep at all. A few complain of headache and nausea. They 
are imitators, and often develop new symptoms after 
reading about disease or hstening to others relating their 

Many of these cases of neurosis are operated upon for 
various supposed abdominal derangements. Too often 
doctors treat such people for what they say is the matter 
with them. Occasionally we find self-sacrificing, amiable 
women who are never robust, but who hve and work 
beyond their strength for others. These mothers in early life 
had ambitions for a career, and the disappointment brought 
on a profound enervation, permanently impairing nutrition; 
for the one great sorrow prevented a full return to normal. 
Fortunately, surcease was found in doing for others; and in 
time making others happy became a vicarious nepenthe so 
perfect that those whom they soothed with their sweet 
smiles and cheering words often said: "Aunt Mary, you 
must have lived a charmed hfe in which no sorrow ever 
entered." The answer would be more smiles and 

Those who find a hfe of service to take the place of 
ambition's jilts have made no mistake in the selection of 
the Great Physician; but those who seek cures outside of 
self are hunting cures in a Fool's Paradise. 

Cures! There are no cures. The subconscious builds 
health or disease according to our order. If we send 
impulses of irritation, discontent, unhappiness. 

complaining, hate, envy, selfishness, greed, lust, etc., the 
subconscious builds us in the innage of our order. 

If we send to the subconscious sensual impulses, our 
order is returned to us blear-eyed, with swollen features, 
headaches, bad breath, pain here, pain there, blurred 
intellect, carelessness in business, of friends, and of self. 
We interpret our state of disease, and send for a doctor, 
who finds albumin in the urine, rheumatism in the joints, a 
leaky heart, threatened apoplexy, dropsy, et alii. We take 
his dope, his operations, his immunizations; but we 
continue to send sensual impulses — big dinners, strong 
cigars, lascivious indulgences. The doctor does no good. 
Another and another is sent for. Skillful examinations are 
given. Syphihs is found. Synthetic dmgs are prescribed. 
Other doctors examine, who find tuberculosis. And at last 
real skill is discovered in a physician who finds cancer. But 
all the time our orders are going to the subconscious, and 
the retums are made faithfully in the image of their maker. 

The truth is that we are not needing a doctor at all. We 
need a physician who will erect a reconciliation between 
our subconscious maker and ourselves. What we need is to 
be taught self-control, poise) equanimity, repose. And when 
these impulses are sent over the sympathetic nerves to our 

subconscious maker, we shall begin to receive images of a 
more man, until an approach to perfection is attained. 

Self-control, with an ideal of just the kind of person we 
should hke to be held before the subconscious all the time, 
will be returned to us just as we order. We are made in the 
image of the ideal we hold before our maker — the 
subconscious. We must hve it, however. Simply holding an 
ideal will not get us anywhere. If our ideal is for sobriety, 
getting drunk will not bring our dreams true. If our ideal is 
for perfect health, we certainly cannot expect a sensual life 
to build it. 

We may have an ideal image, but if we do not live it, a 
distortion will be created. 

A disgruntled, complaining habit, builds that kind of an 

If we refuse to live composed, poised, and relaxed, we 
become tense and build discomfort. A contracted brow 
builds headache. A tense, fixed state of the muscular 
system brings on muscle -fatigue, which may be treated as 
neuralgia, neuritis, or rheumatism. A slight injury to any 
part of the body, coddled, nursed, and kept without motion. 

may start a fixation of the muscles, causing more pain from 
muscle- fatigue than from the injury. 

Enough neurotics have been relieved and cured of 
muscle- fatigue to put two schools of spine manipulators in 
good standing with the people. 

All through the ages mountebanks, magnetic healers, and 
various cults of "laying on of hands" have worked among 
people who had time to nurse a slight injury into a very 
large fatigue disease. Fortunes have been made out of vile- 
smeHing liniments because of the supposed cures made by 
rubbing the dope on sprained backs and joints. The same 
cures could have been made by simply rubbing the parts; 
but the minds that go with spineless people, who have time 
to wait for miraculous cures, could not be made to beheve 
that a cure could be excreted without that mysterious 
heahng property associated with evil- looking and vile- 
smelbng medicaments. 

A sensitive, insignificant pile tumor may set up such a 
tense state of the entire muscular system as to render the 
subject a confirmed invalid. Such a case became a patient 
of mine a few weeks ago. On examination, I found an 
extreme contraction of the sphincter muscles. His entire 
body was tense, and, of course, he had muscle -fatigue. 

which caused him to believe that he was a very sick man. I 
had him lie down, and I taught him how to relax; then I 
introduced a finger into his rectum — very slowly, to avoid 
giving pain as much as possible. I was about thirty minutes 
bringing relaxation of the anal muscles. While 
manipulafing, I was advising relaxation of his body. Before 
he left my office he declared that he felt better than he had 
for two years, notwithstanding the fact he had been in a 
hospital and otherwise treated most of that time. I gave him 
instructions on how to poise, how to manipulate the rectum 
and anus. All his stomach troubles, and discomforts 
generally, passed away in a week. 

I have seen many invalids of nervous type who had been 
treated by many doctors and for many diseases. Tension of 
the entire body was one of the pronounced symptoms, and 
heakh could not be brought back until this habit was 

The discomforts complained of by those who have tumor 
of the womb, goiter, cystitis, stomach and bowel 
derangements, rest largely on a basis of nervous tension, 
which must be overcome before comfort and full health 
will return. 

Position in standing, walking, sitting, and lying down 
may be such as to cause tension. We have occupational 
diseases and emotional diseases; and lack of poise 
comphcates all of these so-called diseases and brings on 

Children are prone to become nervous and excited when 
tired. When allowed to eat heartily, when excited and tired, 
they have indigestion. Extreme cases develop convulsions. 
Fear and anxiety are two elements that lead on to chorea. 

Poise of mind and body should receive attention early as 
well as late in life. 

Good health late in hfe indicates self-control, moderation 
in all things, and equanimity — poise. 

Moderation does not mean the same to all people. Some 
men call three to six cigars a day moderate indulgence; 
others beheve that one to six a month is temperate. Those 
who have an irritable heart and stomach are immoderate 
when they use tobacco at all. 

Fortunate is the person who knows his hmjtations and 
respects them. Of such a person it may be said that he is 


Wouldn't it be incongruous if in the evolution of man 
such an important element as autoimmunization should be 
left out. No animal has been forgotten in the great scheme 
of creation. Powers of offense and defense have been 
wisely provided, and to suppose that king of all animals — 
man — should be left defenseless is most absurd. No, man is 
provided with a nervous system, at the head of which is a 
brain capable of thinking, which can come to the aid of a 
flagging nervous system and help to renew it. 

When the nervous system is normal — when there is full 
nerve-energy — man is normal and immune to disease. 
Disease begins to manifest only when environments and 
personal habits use up energy faster than it is renewed. This 
contingency the properly educated mind begins to remedy 
at once by removing or overcoming all enervating 

Man's immunization to disease requires a life so well 
ordered that his nerve-energy is kept at or near normal. 
When nerve-energy is prodigally squandered, he is forced 
into a state of enervation; then elimination of the waste- 
products is checked, leaving the waste — toxin — in the 
blood, causing Toxemia self-poisoning — the first, last and 
only true disease that man is heir to. All other poisons are 
accidental and evanescent, and without Toxemia can have 
no entree to the system. Poisons may be swallowed, 
injected or inoculated into the body and poison or even kill; 
but such an experience is not to be classed as disease, any 
more than a broken leg or a gunshot wound. 

Toxin is a normal, natural product of the system, always 
present. Being a constant, it answers every requirement for 
a universal cause of all so-called diseases. All the different 
symptom- complexes, which are given special names, take 
their names frown the organs involved in the toxin crisis; 
but they are not individual — they are only symptoms of 
vicarious elimination. For example: Tonsilitis, gastritis, 
bronchitis, pneumonia, colonitis, are each and every one 
Toxemic crises, differing only in location and symptoms. 
So-called diseases are just so many different locations 
where toxin is being eliminated. All are different 
manifestations of one disease Toxemia. 

Toxemia is the only explanation of why so many young 

men were refused by the examining boards during the late 
war. Many were sent over to France who soon found the 
hospitals for they were near the limit of their toxin- 
resistance. The excitement used up their nerve-energy. The 
enervation was quickly followed by Toxemia. Their 
sicknesses were given names, but the truth was that they 
had Toxemia, and their diseases were crises of Toxemia, 
which means vicarious elimination. 

After the numerous vaccinations to which the boys were 
subjected on entering the army, probably fear or 
apprehension was next in order of enervating influences. 


Diagnosing according to modem medical science is a 
scheme of symptomatology that means nothing except a 
guide in discovering organic change — pathological change; 
and if no change or pathology is found, the case is sent 
home, with the advice to return again in a fevf months; or 
perhaps it will be kept under observation for a while. Even 
cases presenting pathological changes, such as we see in 
rheumatic arthritis, I have known of being sent home for 
six months, because no point of infection could lee found. 

The patient would be sent away with the statement: "After 
a thorough examination, we cannot find the cause of your 
disease. Come baclc in about six months, and it may be 
showing up in that time." So much for the influence that 
focal infection has on the mind of the professbn. Suppose 
infected teeth were found, or sinus infection, what of it? 
What causes the teeth and sinuses to be infected? Why is 
rheumatism a symptom of infection, and the focal 
infections not a symptom of rheumatism? 

The tiTJth is that rheumatism, infected teeth, and sinus 
infections, as well as every other pathology found in the 
body, are effects. Symptoms without lesions represent 
functional derangements which have not been repeated 
long enough or often enough to cause organic change. If, as 
diagnosis goes, the cause is to be found in the disease, at 
what stage are we to look for it? Is it at the beginning, or in 
the fully developed organic change, or in the dead man? 
Mackenzie believed that it should be looked for at the very 
beginning, which meant with him the earliest change. He 
believed that an intensive study at this stage would discover 
cause. This was a mistaken idea of his, which is proved by 
the fact that the cause of rheumatism and cancer cannot be 
found early or late, and that those who beheve germs cause 
disease cannot find them until pathology is found. It 
appears to me, after being in the game for over fifty years. 

that a plan which has received so much labor without 
reward should be abandoned. 

Diagnosis is so fraught with the element of uncertainty 
that no reliance can be placed upon it. 

Research occupies an army of laboratory experts in 
hunting the cause of disease, and also cures. They are 
doomed to fail; for how is it possible to find cause in 

The specialist is so limited in his knowledge of the 
philosophy of health and disease that he becomes deluded 
on the subject; and this delusion often causes him to see 
meningitis, appendicitis, ovaritis — or any disease that 
happens to be the subject of his specialty — in every case 
brought to him. As a matter of fact, most attacks of disease 
of any and all kinds get well, whether treated or not, if they 
have not passed from functional to organic. 

This statement needs a little explanation. It is said that 
eighty per cent who fall sick get well, or could get well 
without the aid of a doctor. All so-called attacks of disease 
of whatever kind are crises of Toxemia, which means 
vicarious elimination of Toxin that has accumulated above 
the saturation (toleration) point. These crises may be 

symptoms which we call cold, "flu," tonsilitis, gastritis, 
headache, or some other light malady. They come today 
and are gone in a few days. If treated, we say they were 
cured. If they are not treated, we say they got well without 
treatment. The truth is that the surplus toxin — the amount 
accumulated above the point which can be maintained with 
comfort — is ehminated, and comfort returns. This is not a 
cure; it is one of nature's palliations. When the cause or 
causes of enervation are discovered and removed, the 
nerve-energy retums to normal. Elimination removes toxin 
as fast as developed by metabohsm. This is health — this is 
all there is to any cure. In a few words; Stop all enervating 
habits; stop eating; rest until nerve-energy is restored to 
normal. When this is accomplished the patient is cured. A 
short or long fast is beneficial to most sick people. Those 
who are afraid of fasting should not fast. All other so-called 
cures are a delusion, and at the most a passing palliation; 
but enough such cures are performed daily to keep a large 
army of doctors and cultists in bread, butter, and a degree 
of respectability. The cured patients, however, glacier- like, 
move steadily down to the river Styx — thousands and 
thousands of them years before their time, many even 
before their prime, and all maintaining a false belief 
conceming what disease is, and a more foolish notion 
concerning cures. 


When a child shows symptoms of high fever, pain, and 
vomiting, what is the disease? It may be indigestion frown 
overeating or eating improper food. It may be the beginning 
of gastritis, scarlet fever, diphtheria, meningitis, infantile 
paralysis, of some other so-called disease. The treatment, 
according to the Philosophy of Toxemia, may be positive 
and given with confidence. There need be no waiting for 
developments, no guessing, no mistakes. What is done is 
the correct treatment for any so-called disease, named or 
not named. Get rid of the exciting causes, whatever they 
are. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred the stomach and 
bowels are full of undigested foods. Wash out the bowels, 
and get rid of this source of infection. Then give a hot bath 
of sufficient duration to furnish complete reUef from any 
pain. When discomfort returns, give another bath. Use an 
enema every day, and twice daily if symptoms demand. 

So long as there is fever, rest assured that the bowels are 
not cleaned out. Provide plenty of fresh air and water, and 
keep the patient quiet. See to it that nothing but water goes 
into the stomach until the fever and discomfort are entirely 
overcome; then give very hght food at first. 

A child that is given meat and eggs and an excess of milk 
is hable to develop putrefactive diseases. It is doubtful (and 
I believe impossible) if any child brought up on fruit, whole 
wheat and other grains, and vegetables can ever evolve 

diphtheria, scarlet fever, or smallpox, or develop septic 
fever — typhoid. 

The methods of the regular practice of medicine are in 
keeping with the habits of body and mind that lead to 
malignant disease, epidemics, etc. As a man thinketh, so is 

The regular profession believes in antitoxin, vaccine, and 
autogenous remedies; and these remedies fit the 
psychology of a mode of living that leads to vicious types 
of disease. 

Most people are in sympathy with impossible cures — 
cures without removing causes. 

All so-called cures will some day be proved a delusion. 
Remember that children will not be sick if they are not 
toxemic. Let the local manifestations be what they may, the 
basic cause is always the same — Toxemia plus septic 
infection; and if this state is not added to by food, cases 

treated in this way will be aborted — ^jugulated, if you 
please. Doctors who have seen only regular practice will 
declare that the cases recovering in this manner are 
irregular and lacking in intensity. Of course, they are not 
typical; for they have not been complicated with fear and 
disease-building treatment. 

Doctors will say: "Suppose it is a case of diphtheria? 
Antitoxin should be used, for it is a specific." What is 
diphtheria? A toxemic subject with gastro- intestinal catarrh 
becomes infected from decomposition of animal food eaten 
in excess of digestive powers. The symptoms are those of 
tonsilitis, showing a grayish exudite covering the tonsils or 
other parts of the throat, accompanied by a disagreeable, 
pungent, fetid breath. There is great prostration. Subjects 
developing these symptoms have been living haphazardly. 
Their eating has been too largely of animal foods and 
starch — the conventional mixtures — and devoid of raw 
vegetables and fniit. The only animal food may be milk, 
and the patient a young child. There have been mnning 
before, for a longer or shorter term, gastric irritation, 
constipation, perhaps several gastric attacks — acute 

In some cases the physical state is so vicious that a severe 
development of gastro- intestinal putrefaction may end 
fatally in from one to three days. These are the cases 
supposed to be overwhelmed by the diphtheritic toxin, 
which means an acute protein- poisoning — intestinal 
putrefaction — in a subject aheady greatly enervated and 


Mahgnancy occurs in toxemic subjects who have been 
carrying continuously a state of gastrointestinal indigestion 
from a surfeit of food, in which animal substances, possibly 
only milk, predominated. The entire organism is more or 
less infected by the protein decomposition. A feast-day 
comes along; an excess produces a crisis; and the organism, 
which is enervated and toxemic to the point of no 
resistance, is overwhelmed by septic poisoning. 


Fatal cases in all epidemics are food- drunkards who are 
very much enervated, toxemic and infected from 
putrescence in the bowels. 

It is a crime to feed anything to the sick. No food should 
be given until all symptoms are gone; then fruit and 
vegetable juices (never any animal foods not for weeks). A 
hot bath should be administered three times daily. Wash out 
the bowels by enemas every few hours, until all putrescent 
debris is throughly cleared out; and, when possible, give a 
gastric ravage daily, until the stomach and bowels are 
thoroughly cleared of all putrescence. The life of the patient 
depends upon getting rid of the putrid food still remaining 
in the bowels, before enough putrescence is absorbed to 
cause death. All epidemic diseases are wholesale food- 
poisonings among people who are pronouncedly enervated 
and toxemic. The poisoning by food is on the order of 
poisoning by chemicals. Those who have least resistance 
(are most enervated and toxemic) suffer most and succumb 
the easiest; for the poisoning brings on a crisis of Toxemia, 
and the two nerve -destroying influences overwhelm the 
reduced resistance, and may end in death unless wisely 
treated. All acute diseases are gastro- intestinal infections 
acting on toxemic subjects. The more enervated and 
toxemic the subject, the more severe the crisis. Certainly 
anyone with intelUgence should see the danger in giving 
food when the exciting cause of the disease is food- 

Keep the patient warm and quiet, and in good air. More 
treatment is meddlesome. Getting rid of putrefaction is 
most important. Such diseases develop only in those of 
pronounced enervation and toxemic, and those of very bad 
eating habits. 


To sum up briefly the difference between the toxemic 
methods and "regular medicine": Toxemia is a system 
based on the true cause of disease — namely Toxemia. 
Before Toxemia is developed, natural immunization 
protects from germs, parasites, and all physical vicissitudes. 

Toxin is a by-product as constant and necessary as life 
itself. When the organism is normal, it is produced and 
ehminated as fast as produced. From the point of 
production to the point of elimination, it is carried by the 
blood; hence at no time is the organism free from toxin in 
the blood. In a normal amount it is gently stimulating; but 
when the organism is enervated, ehmination is checked. 
Then the amount retained becomes overstimulating — 
toxic — ranging from a shght excess to an amount so 
profound as to overwhelm life. 

The treatment is so simple that it staggers those who 
beheve in curing. Heroic treatment is disease-building. 
Find in what way nerve-energy is wasted, and stop it — stop 
all nerve-leaks. Then returning to normal is a matter of 
time, in which nature attends to all repairs herself. And she 
resents help — medical officiousness. 

In writing and giving advice, I often make the mistake of 
taking for granted that the consultant understands what I 
have in mind. Why should he, when I have not given oral 
or written expression to my meaning? 

In the matter of stopping nerve-leaks, it is easy for me to 
say: "Find out in what way nerve-energy is wasted, and 
stop it — stop all nerve-leaks," etc. I am appalled at my 
stupidity in saying to a patient to stop enervating himself, 
and allowing the matter to end by naming one or two gross 
enervating habits; for example: Stop worry; stop smoking; 
stop stimulants; control your temper; stop eating too 
rapidly; stop allowing yourself to become excited. Stopping 
one enervating habit benefits; but dependable health brooks 
no enervating habits at all. 

The Causes of Enervation 

TO UNDERSTAND disease, it is necessary to know 
cause; and, as Toxemia is the cause of all diseases, and as 
enervation — an enervated body and mind — is the cause of 
Toxemia, it behooves those who are sick and want to get 
well, and who want to know how to stay well, to know 
what causes enervation. 

A normal, healthy person is one who is poised (self- 
controlled), and who has no nerve -destroying habits. A 
self- controlled man is a man who is not controlled, kicked, 
cuffed, or driven by habits. 

Man is either the master of himself, or his appetite and 

sensual pleasures master him. If the former, he enjoys 
health until wom out; and he should go down at from 
ninety to one hundred and fifty years of age. If he is 
inclined to the latter, yet has his habits more or less under 
control — is moderate — he may hve from sixty to ninety 
years. But if he is a sensualist — is controlled by habits and 
passions, sits up after bedtime to take a last smoke or eat a 
lunch or gets up in the night and smokes (I knew a 
celebrated physician who used tobacco to secure sleep; he 
died at fifty-four years of age), or takes a drink to quiet his 

nerves and make him sleep, or goes the hmit venereally — 
he becomes irritable, grouchy, and dies prematurely. 

Excesses transform a man into a disgusting brute. The 
word "brute" is used here to express the state of one being 
devoid of self-control. Those of fine constitutions are often 
converted into neurotics, who have left health and comfort 
far behind. Many know comfort only for short periods, and 
then at the instigation of dmgs or stimulants. 

The youths of our country are fast developing a state of 
muki- inebriety — ^jazz, tobacco, alcohol, and petting parties; 
are developing a sex-neurosis that will he followed by a 
generation of paralytics, epileptics, insane, morons, idiots, 
and monstrosities, embracing all who do not die of acute 

This class live from thirty until the chloroforming age — 
sixty years. The majority die early in hfe. We are fast 
coming to an age of impotence. I knew one of superior 
mind who died of ataxia at thirty- five. I quote a few hnes 
from his own writings concerning his state the last year of 
his life: 

Could I but crystallize these midnight tears 
And gather from their beaded bitterness 

A rosary for burning lips to press, 
Some pain-born token of these joyless years, 
To teach the faith that saves, the hope that cheers; 
Then would I bid these fountains of distress 
Flow fast and free, if their sad floods could bless 
Or murmur peace in some poor sufferer's ears. 

My world has shrunk at last to this small room. 

Where, like a prisoner, I must now remain. 
I'd rather be a captive in the gloom 

Of some damp dungeon, tearing at my chain; 

For then, perchance, my freedom I might gain. 
Ah God! to think that I must languish here. 

Fettered by sickness and subdued by pain. 
To die a living death from year to year, 
Joy banished from my breast and Sorrow brooding 

I often think how once these stumbling feet. 
That now can scarcely bear me to my bed. 
Were swift to follow, as the wind is fleet. 
That baleful beam that to destruction led; 

Thou domineering power, or love, or lust. 

Or passion, or whatever else thou art. 
How have thy crimson roses turned to dust 

And strewn their withered leaves upon this heart! 

Though through my vitals now they venomed dart 
Strikes like an adder's sting, yet still 1 feel 

From Egypt's flesh-pots it is hard to part; 

And my weak, wandering glances often steal 
Back to sweet sinful things, until my senses reel. 

Still one retreat is left, to which I flee: 
Dear dreamy draught, in which I often steep 
Body and soul, I turn again to thee. 
And drift down Lethe's stream out on Oblivion's 

Thirty-five years is a short life for a brain to live that can 
conjure the English language as the above snatches 
indicate. Thousands pay the price that this man paid, but 
very few can win so much admiration and sympathy with 
their swan-songs. Few people can read the psychology of 
swan-songs. Often they are an epitome of a lifetime. 



Babies should not be trundled about too much; should not 
sleep in their mothers' arms; should not be exposed to 
bright hghts, loud talking, noises, too much heat or cold; 
should not be jolted about in baby-buggies, automobiles, 
trains, street cars. 

The very young are made sick by too much excitement of 
all kinds. Very young children should be kept quiet enough 
to favor sleep all the time, except when bathed and when 
clothes are changed. They should not he taken up every 
time they do any fretting. All that is needed is to make 
them dry and change their positions. 

Young children should not be fed oftener than every four 
hours, and not that often unless they are awake. To awaken 
a child for food is very unnecessary and harmful. 

A human being is a cerebro- spinal dynamo, and should 
be kept as much as possible in a static state, conserving 
nerve-energy for future use. Poise or self-control — teaching 
a child to be contented alone — must be started at birth. 

Children need no entertainment. When left alone, they 
find entertainment in becoming acquainted with 

Children that are coddled in the matter of being 
entertained — dancing attendance on them — develop 
discontent and bring on enervation, which favors "the 
diseases pecuhar to children." 


Children of school age are enervated by being urged in 
school work, exercise, and all kinds of excitement. Play 
should he limited. When hysteria shows up, stop the play. 

Much study, examinations, exercise without desire, 
competitive examinations of all kinds, causes a capricious 
craving for food. When a growing child is forced to the 
limit of its nervous capacity, nature must conserve in some 
way; and as there is no way to sidestep convention's eternal 
grind, the normal desire for food is lost. 

Forced Feeding to Increase Weight. — The whole system 
of school feeding, is one of destroying health by 
enervating, if not killing the child. 

The federal government is ruining thousands of our 
young men, teaching them the sick habit. The government 
should give them a pension and turn them loose. The 
present coddhng is pemicious, not only for the ex-soldier, 
but also for those who are interested in keeping their 
hospital jobs. 

Doctors must be able to detect cunning and craft. The 
sick habit often starts as a joke, an experiment — ^just to see 

how those interested will take it — and ends in deceiving the 

A common habit, and one that often leads to a sick habit, 
is self-pity — being sony for one's self. Children are 
inclined to play sick to buy what they want. 

Giving even school lunches enervates by building 
dissatisfaction. It is disease- building. Children must be 
given an independent spirit — pride will save the world. 
Then, to add to all this routine of nerve -destroying customs 
of our schools, teeth must be straightened; which means 
pressure on nerve and more or less irritation. The tonsils 
and appendix must be removed. This is a pernicious 
medical fad. Feed right, and there will be no excuse for 

Vaccine and serums must be used to immunize fi"om 
disease that results from the enervation brought on from all 
preceding causes. This is another senseless fad, besides it is 
disease building. 

People are sick from wrong living. Operations remove 
erects. Stop the cause, and disease goes away. Nature cures, 
when allowed to do so, by removing the causes of 

Children Pampered and Spoiled. — This brings on the bad 
and enervating habits of irritabihty, wilfulness, overeating, 
improper eating, and temper. Many of the older children 
use tobacco, coffee, and an excessive amount of sweets and 
pastry. Self-abuse begins early in many, and is the cause of 
stomach symptoms. Adolescence comes with excessive 
dancing, loss of sleep, smoking, drinking, lasciviousness, 
venereal disease, and the fear springing from the 
contemplation of the consequences. Irritable children are 
hard to do anything for. The reason they are irritable is 
because they are pampered and not made to mind. 

It is a crime not to control children. They should be 
compelled to obey. But do not wait until they are sick. A 
cranky irritability will help bring on disease and keep a 
child sick. 

Fear. — Fear is the greatest of all causes of enervation. 
Children are subject to many fears. They are educated to 
fear the dark, the bogy-man, and punishment. Parents often 
keep children in a state of fear by irritably cuffing them for 
the shghtest excuse. There are many parents who do their 
"scrapping" before their children. It is a dreadfully 
common thing to do. 

Outlawry begins at home and at the breast of the mother. 
A child that cannot respect its parents will not respect the 
laws of the state or nation. No parent is respected who is 
not obeyed at once and without capitulation. Unconditional 
surrender is the disciphne necessary for character- building. 
But children will not obey laws that parents disregard. 

In domestic infehcity are bom disease and crime, and no 
amount of doctoring by doctors of medicine, law, and 
theology can cure; for none of them removes the cause. 
Those who die of chronic disease have no self-control. 

There is much fear and anxiety in a child's hfe. No child 
can thrive living in a state of fear in home, school, or 
church. Discipline taught by respected parents brings love 
and not fear. 

Longevity has increased since hell- fire and brimstone 
have ceased to be taught and to build fear. A morality kept 
intact by fear is not health- imparting, and is not a morality 
at all. Remove the fear, and mob license succeeds it. Fear 
and love are antidotal. Man has been taught to fear God, 
and at the same time love Him. Where the fear is real, the 
love is fictitious. Love being the basis on which ethics is 
built, a love founded on fear builds humbug ethics; and this 

is the foundation of all the conventional lies of our 

Fear in all lines concerning children, from their 
conception to their birth, and on through school life, social 
life, and marriage, leads to enervation. The dearth of worth- 
while knowledge of how to feed and otherwise care for 
children keeps up an unnecessaiy worry with parents 
concerning their health. How to teach the young to avoid 
breaking their health and handicapping their minds by 
excesses in play, eating, drinking, in controlhng temper and 
emotions, and in self- pollution is a knowledge sadly 
lacking in nearly all homes. Disease follows these excesses 
in the young. There is not a habit so self- destructive and so 
generally practiced as venereal excitement; and there is no 
habit receiving so httle attention from parents. 

Ataxia is supposed to be caused by syphilis, but in fact, it 
is caused by cerebro- spinal enervation, brought on from 
sensuahty in all forms — particularly venereal. Subjects of 
this disease usually begin onanism early in life. Parents 
should teach children to avoid destroying habits. I have had 
locomotor-ataxia cases confess to me that they began their 
self-pollution as early as eight years of age. Ten to fifteen 
are the years when active pollution begins. Unless a 
physician is very tactful, youths will not confess. I will say 

that very few boys have been untruthful to me. This 
practice is not quite so common with the opposite sex. 

The physical abuse in this hne is not nearly so enervating 
as allowing the mind to dwell on sex-subjects. Lascivious 
dreaming debauches the victim as much as excessive 
venery. Early pollution, followed by excessive venery, 
often communizes a mind that would shine in the forum 
and in intellectual pursuits. There is a difference, however, 
in garaility and garrulous parroting, and giving a feast of 
reason. Bright intellects at twenty and twenty-five often 
degenerate into mediocrity at forty- five because of brain- 
enervation due to venereal excess. Add to sex- abuse, 
tobacco, coffee, tea, alcohol, and excessive or wrong 
eating, and no wonder man at sixty is fit for little else than 
chloroforming, if nature has not already administered 


Adults, too, have much fear in their lives. The bread-and- 
butter problem gives anxiety; but when enough has been 
accumulated, so that fear along this line is unnecessary, 
fear is felt that something may happen that will put them 

back in the breadline. Why? There is no confidence in 
business ethics — there is no God in business. 

Business Worries. — Business worries are a source of 
enervation. Business — any business — is not the cause of 
worry. A work well done is a delight, and anything that 
delights is character- building. A work slovenly carried on 
dissatisfies; but the worrier never looks within to find the 
cause. This life brings enervation in time, and disease as a 
sequel; then more worries looking for a cure. Business is 
what a man makes of it. A thorough understanding of 
business, with honesty and industry, removes all worries 
and saves nerve- energy. Worry does not build efficiency; 
neither is inefiuciency removed by worrying. Worry, lack of 
control over the emotions, improper eating, stimulants, all 
build disease. 

Nothing is so conducive to poise as a thorough 
understanding of one's personal habits and occupation. 
Bluff and bluster may put the idea of efficiency "across" to 
the people for a fime; but, as surely as chickens come home 
to roost, the truth will out. Worry, even though presenting a 
smooth exterior, will break through; the worker will break 
down — disease will claim him for its own. Housewives 
who carry a burden of worry become enervated and lose 
health. The cause of their worry is lack of control of eating. 

lack of control of the emotions, lack of care of the body, 
and lack of efficiency. Instead of resolutely going to work 
to remove all the defects, they are downed by them. An 
uncontrollable temper must be downed, or it will down the 
one who gives way to it. Gossip is not an admirable quality, 
and, unless overcome, it will in time drive friends away. 
Envy and jealousy are cancers that eat the soul out of those 
who indulge them. What is left to love when the soul is 

When anyone, from indolence and health- destroying 
habits, allows himself to gravitate below the standard 
expected of him by his friends, he must not be surprised 
when they run away from him. 

Who are the old people who are left alone? Those who 
have lived selfish lives — who have demanded 
entertainment when they should have been entertaining 
themselves. Happiness and entertainment must come from 
within — from a love of service, work, books. If this 
fountain of youth and pleasure is not found before old age 
creeps over us, we shall find ourselves alone. Even in the 
midst of a throng we shall be alone, forever alone. What 
could be more pathetic? 

Self-indulgence. — Self-indulgence is contrary to ethics 

and brings its condemnation. What about the ethics of 
gluttons — what about their religion? Excess in everything 
follows on the heels of abnormal selfish indulgence. 
Coming under this head are self-pity and a desire for cure. 
Extravagant habits, even if there is an inexhaustible supply, 
builds a self-destractive morale, on the heels of which, like 
a nemesis, mns the trail to premature death. The causes are 
called heart disease, apoplexy, paralysis, kidney disease, 
suicide, etc.; but what is in a name? Names are all 
misleading; for the cause — first, last, and all the time — is a 
selfish body and mind — destmctive self-indulgence. 

A study of nature reveals the fact that man must live for 
service; not giving alms, but helping others to help 

Self-indulgence in the use of stimulants, even in 
moderation, is a constant drain on the nervous system; and 
a time comes when the last cigar, the last cup of coffee, the 
last hearty meal, snaps the vital cord; and the contingency 
is always unexpected and a surprise. 

Overwork is said to enervate; but this is an excuse behind 
which are hidden many bad habits that kill, rather than the 
work. Work without pleasure in the work is enervating and 
disease-building; an unsatisfied mind — a desire to engage 

in some other work before efficiency has been attained in 
the work engaged in; more desire for pay than to do good 
work. A work is never well done until it takes on the 
individuahty of the worker. We should work with the 
creative instinct. Our work should be created in the image 
of its creator — love of the creator — of the work' not the 

Dissatisfacfion and overworked emotions are enervating. 
Worry, fear, grief, anger, passion, temper, overjoy, 
depression, dissatisfaction, self-pity, pride, egotism, envy, 
jealousy, gossip, lying, dishonesty, faihng to meet 
obligations and appointments, taking advantage of 
misunderstandings, abusing the credulity of friends, 
abusing the confidence of those who confide in us — all 
enervate and in time build incurable disease. 

Grief. — Grief is enervating. Those who are very 
enervated and toxemic will be prostrated by grief, and, 
unless put to bed and kept warm and quiet, and without 
food, may die. Food eaten under such circumstances will 
not digest, but acts as a poison. Some people are made 
invaUds for hfe by a great grief. 

Shock. — Shock, mental or physical, may enervate so 
greatly as to kill by heart failure, or be followed by 

permanent nervousness. Wrong eating or overeating may 
prevent a return to health. The shell-shock that many 
soldiers suffered during the World War was converted into 
permanent invalidism by tobacco and other enervating 
habits. Certainly overeating prevents a return to health. 

Anger. — Anger is very enervating. A daily shock of anger 
will build profound enervation. A temper that flies at the 
slightest provocation ruins digestion and builds 
nervousness. Unless controlled, epilepsy may evolve, and 
cancer may end hfe. The chronic grouch is liable to build 
ulcer or cancer of the stomach. Those who cannot control 
their temper often build rheumatic arthritis, hard arteries, 
gall-stone, and early old age. 

Egotism. — Because of self-love, selfishness, misanthropy, 
and distrust, the egotist sees unfriendliness in all the acts of 
others — every hand is against him. This causes enervation 
and Toxemia, which lead on to many nervous 
derangements, and even insanity. A misanthrope loves self 
above everything and everybody. The moment the nearest 
and dearest friend is suspected, the friend's head comes off 
figuratively. The egotist hates all who fail to feed his 
vanity. Hate and anger are always on tap, but draped with a 
mocking smile when finesse or stratagem demands. 
Friendship, honor, honesty, and veracity must go when 

self-interest is being impinged upon or neglected. Men of 
this type have no gratitude. They demand everything, and 
give nothing without an ulterior motive. Where egotism is 
mild, it may not go beyond a disagreeable, overbearing 

Selfishness. — A selfish nature always looks after self first. 
A common type of selfishness is interpreted as love of 
children. But when a son or daughter marries against the 
father's wish, disinheritance follows. Why? Because 
ambifion is piqued. Love is oftener a selfish ambition than 
affection. Selfishness leads on to enervation and Toxemia. 

Ambition. — Ambition of a selfish type brings on ill- 
health; for it meets with so many disappointments. Where 
successful, it enables the one who succeeds to gratify his 
sensual nature, resulting in all the so-called diseases 
following in the wake of selfish gratification. A noble 
ambition goes with self-control and service to mankind, 
and health and long life are two of the rewards. Ambition 
for display, ostentation, gives an evanescent gratification; 
but it costs more in wasted nerve-energy than it is worth. 

Thousands of semi- invalid women bring on toxemic 
crises as their reward for giving dinners and displaying 
dress, homes, and furnishings. 

Women gratify silly, stupid ambitions, and pay for their 
thrills in broken health. 

Many waste more energy at an afternoon card party than 
they can renew in a week. 

Envy. — Envy of a low and disease- producing type is of a 
begrudging nature. The man possessing this kind of envy is 
a vandal. He will slip a monkey-wrench into the machinery 
of those whom he envies. He will poison reputations by 

Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, 


'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to 


But he who filches from me my good name 

Robs me of that which not enriches him, 

And makes me poor indeed. (Shakespeare.) 

When safe, such a pereon will go the limit in doing even 
bodily harm to those whose merits tower over his. Laudable 
envy is that of a desire to equal in success the one envied. 
To rejoice in the success of others, and try to equal them, 
where the success has been achieved on merit, builds a 
healthy mind and body. 

Love and Jealousy. — According to Solomon; "Love is 
strong as death; jealousy is crael as the grave." Solomon 
should have known. 

Shakespeare knew about everything worth knowing up to 
his time. He said: 

How many fools serve maddened jealousy! 
The venomed clamors of a jealous woman 
Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth. 

The systematic poisoning of overwrought emotions has 
been known since reasoning began; but, aside from 
knowing that ''a poison is generated in the system" from 
great anger, love, jealousy, hate, and grief, just what the 
poison is, and the modus operandi of its production, have 
never been satisfactorily explained until made clear by the 
Philosophy of Toxemia. The pathology of jealousy 
Shakespeare knew well, as evidenced by the words he put 
into the mouths of some of his characters. 

Excessive emotion — ^jealousy, for example, or great 
anger — precipitates a profound enervation, which inhibits 
elimination. This floods the blood with toxin, and brings on 
a malignant Toxemia in the form of toxin drunkenness, 
which in people of a belligerent nature causes them to run 

amuck. Murder, several murders, are sometimes 
committed. In those with more consideration for others — 
those with less self-love — suicide ends the psychological 

Jealousy and unrequited love, when not malignant — 
developing in a viscious, unmoral subject — in time 
undermine the constitution by keeping up a gradually 
increasing state of enervation and Toxemia. Catarrhal 
inflammations and ulcerations get better and worse, with no 
hope of final recovery until the causes of enervation are 
overcome namely, enervating habits of mind and body, of 
which jealousy is chief. 

Overeating. — Overeating is a common and universal 
enervating habit; eating too much fat — cream, butter, fat 
meats, oils, rich pastries, sweets; eating too often; eating 
between meals, and checking digestion with water- drinking 
between meals. 

Food -inebriety is more common than alcohol- inebriety. 
The subconscious is as busy as a hive of bees substituting, 

antidoting, and in reparation work; substituting one 
stimulating excess for another — demanding whiskey, 
tobacco, opium, etc., for gluttonous eating; thrills, shocks, 
sensual excesses for food-poisoning. Ungratified sense- 

demands are appeased by food excesses or other stimulants; 
and when nature is balked in her demands, the victim runs 

A French sheep- herder's daughter, being opposed by her 
father in marrying a lover, killed the parent while he slept 
by their campfire. A short time after the tragedy some men 
came upon the camp and discovered the girl eating her 
father's heart, which she had cut out and roasted in the fire. 
When surprised at her cannibalistic feast, she held up what 
was left of the heart, and, with a sardonic laugh, declared: 
"He broke my heart, and I am eating his." 

Only a short time ago the overwrought nerves of a jazz- 
and alcohol- crazed girl forced her to kill her mother 
because the latter undertook to oppose her in the 
gratification of her subconscious demands for more 

When enervation and Toxemia have reached the stage of 
inebriety seen in the two girls mentioned above, civil and 
moral laws have abdicated to the subconscious laws, which, 
like cosmic law and order, are unmoral, but run true to 


Psychological, like physical, cyclones are out of the 
regular order, yet they are obeying the laws of their nature. 
They have no scruples to gainsay, but tear through order as 
ruthlessly as fiends. 

Every human being should know that such phenomena 
are potential to him, and that the road to such catastrophes 
is enervating habits. 

Prohibition is a beautiful ideal, but it is palliating one 
social disease while it is building a greater. 

What mother would not rather have her son brought home 
from the comer grog-shop drunk than see him escorted to 
jail hand-cuffed to an officer? 

Enervation and Toxemia focused on the brain bring out 
neurotic states, with all kinds of sympton> complexes. 
Drunkenness substitutes for bank robbery and other 
outlawry. So long as food- drunkenness retains its prestige 
with the professions — prescribed by doctors; babbled to us 
Sundays, and deciding our brawls on Monday — it will take 
more than statutes to enforce law and order. Most of our 
laws are made while the law-makers are drunk on food and 

Drunkenness and crime of all kinds are vicarious toxin 
eliminations — crises of Toxemia. Enforcing temperance 
and control of crime must fail In object — namely, causing 
people to be temperate and law-abiding. The reason should 
be obvious to the student of nature. Our wants are based on 
our subconscious needs; sentiment and ethics have nothing 
to do with it. Our subconscious is not moral nor immoral; it 
belongs to the Great Cosmos, which is systematic, perfect 
in order, but unmoral. Intemperance of any kind establishes 
a want which, if not satisfied in the usual way. will tum to 
other ways of being satisfied. The surgeon, laws, and 
anodynes perhaps reheve effects, but cures are based on 
removing causes. Legislatures are quack doctors. Self- 
control is the only cure. To develop self-control, the need 
must be understood. 

The gluttonous build putrefaction in the bowels. Nerve- 
energy is used up in resisting systemic infection. The 
supply of blood to the surface of the body for purposes of 
warmth — radiation — resisting cold and heat, is called to the 
mucous membrane of the gastro- intestinal canal to 
neutralize the septic material that is about to enter the 
system through the absorbents. The mucous membrane 
becomes turgid with blood, establishing a mucorrhea 
(excessive secretion of mucus). This is what we call 
catarrh. This secretion mechanically obstructs absorption of 

putrescence, and also antidotes the poison by bringing the 
antibodies from the blood. 

A battle-royal is on all the time in the intestines of the 
gluttonous. The subconscious musters all the help possible, 
and when the system is drained of autogenerated antidotes, 
the victim is sent by his subconscious to find alcohol, 
tobacco, coffee, tea, condiments, and more food. Moral 
preachments, and prohibitory laws passed by Solons drunk 
on toxin, bowel putrescence, and tobacco, Uke all 
monstrosities, are abortions. 

Insatiable desire for food and stimulants means an 
enervated state of the body brought on from 
overindulgence — overstimulation. 

A driving desire for food three times a day means 
enervation; trouble is only a little farther on. The wise will 
get busy and correct appetites. 

Perverted appetites are built by overeating; eating rich 
food unfil enjoyment is lost for staple or plain foods; 
excessive use of stimulants — alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea; 
excessive use of butter, sak, pepper, and rich dressings, 
eating without a real hunger (real hunger will take the 
plainest foods with a rehsh); eating when sick or 

uncomfortable; eating at all hours, between meals; eating 
until uncomfortable. 

Gossips are always slanderers, and slanderers are always 
and forever potential liars. If they do not know that they are 
broadcasting lies, they are criminally careless in not 
endeavoring to find whether the tale they gossip is tme or 
not. Gossip enervates the gossiper. 

Gossips are always enervated, for they live in fear of 
being discovered. Their secretions are always acid. They 
are inchned to develop pyorrhea and mucous -membrane 
infections. They are slow to recover from catarrhal crises of 

Gossips are empty-headed slaves to their habits of slander 
and spite; they are mahgnant parasites that feed upon 
carrion. They are the lowest type of criminals; hell 
monsters that kill with their breath. They often die of 

Sycophancy. — Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like 
dogs. (Byron.) He hurts me most who lavishly commends. 

A real sycophant, like all people who are not honest, lives 
a life that enervates, and which nature condemns early. 

Dishonesty. — Dishonesty eventually hardens the arteries, 
and cancer ends a miserable existence. 

Religiosity. — Morbidly /j/om^, yet practicing the foregoing 
habits and ending in premature death. 

A saving religion. Christian, Jewish or Mohammedan, is 
one free from mental and physical habits that 
overstimulate, enervate and intoxicate. 

If Toxemic get rid of enervating habits. Cures — prayers, 
drugs, surgery — all honest or dishonest cures — will not 
cure. Get rid of cause and stay rid of it, then health returns 
and abides perpetually. 


MORE might have been said, and no doubt better said, 
about how we human beings vandalize our minds and 
bodies; but enough has been told for open-minded people 
to see that the only nemesis on our heels is our habits. O. 
W. Hobnes, in his "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table," 
had this to say concerning habit; 

Habit is the approximation of the animal system 
of the organic. It is a confession of failure in the 
highest function of being, which involves a 
perpetual self- determination, in full view of all 
existing circumstances. 

Autonomy or self-government is met at the threshold of 
life by all the conventional superstitions, and educated into 
a lot of habits, such as curing without removing cause. 
This, combined with man's inclination to hedonism (the 
doctrine that pleasure is the only good), leads to a life of 
failure, in spite of man's potential desire to rise above the 
forces that hold him down. "Toxemia Explained" will help 
all who study it carefully to understand what disease is, and 
how it is brought on. This knowledge will help the wise, 
and self- controlled to sidestep disease, and the medical 
octopus that unwittingly vandalizes the sick. 

The profession is made up of an aiTny of educated men; 
and I believe the majority are gentlemen, and are 
endeavoring to serve humanity. Education and ethics, when 
estabhshed on fallacy and given the prestige of numbers — 
given an overwhelming majority — can make the fallacy 
true, so far as the herd is concerned. 

All I ask of laymen or the profession is honestly to put 
my philosophy to the acid test. Yes, prove, if possible, that 
I am mistaken, and then give me what is coming to me! 

Man makes his own diseases. This book tells how he does 
it. And he is the one who can bring back health. He and his 
subconsciousness alone can cure. Doctors cannot cure. 
Only very rarely is surgical vandalism a dernier resort, 
unless bad treatment forces unnecessary emergencies. 

The body is strong or weak, as the case 
may be, depending entirely on whether 
the nerve-energy is strong or weak. 
And it should be remembered that the 
functions of the body are carried on 
well or badly according to the amount 
of energy generated. 

A Few Suggestions 

THE following suggestions may be of assistance to those 
who wish to maintain their present state of good health, or 
help them to bring themselves from their present state of 
impaired health to that of good health. Those who are badly 
handicapped, and who wish more detailed information, will 
have to have the advice fitted to their particular cases 
through individual instructions. 

The first thing on awaking in the morning, the Tilden 
system of tensing exercises should be practiced for from 
fifteen to thirty minutes. (See exercises at the end of this 
chapter.) Following the exercise, go to the bathroom and, 
while standing in warm water, take a quick, warm sponge- 
bath. Then follow this with plenty of dry-towel or friction- 
mitten rubbing. At night, before retiring, give the body a 
thorough friction rubbing again. If not convenient to take 
the warm sponge-bath in the morning, use the dry rub in the 
morning and the warm sponge-bath at night before retiring. 

Eat three meals a day and no more; no eating nor drinking 
between meals. Use the following rules to guide you in 
"when to eat, when not to eat, and how to eat": 

Rule No. 1. — Never eat unless you have been absolutely 
comfortable in mind and body from the previous mealtime. 

Rule No. 2. — Thoroughly masticate and insalivate every 
mouthful of starchy food, and give the rest of your food 
plenty of attention. 

Rule No. 3. — Never eat without a keen relish. 

If the bowels do not move during the day, before retiring 
at night use a small enema — a pint of warm water. Put it 
into the bowels and allow it to remain for five to ten 
minutes; then solicit a movement. Proper mastication, right 
combinations of food, and plenty of tensing exercise to the 
abdomen will bring about proper bowel action. 

As to what to eat — For those in ordinarily good health the 
following rules will serve as a guide: 

Fruit Breakfast 
Starch Lunch 
Regulation Dinner 


Starch Breakfast 
Fruit Lunch 
Regulation Dinner 

The regulation dinner may be taken at noon in place of 
the lunch, if it is more convenient. 

Fruit Breakfast. — Any kind of fresh fruit or berries 
followed with either milk, fifty-fifty (half warm milk and 
half hot water), or teakettle tea (hot water with two or three 
tablespoons of cream to the cup). 

Starch Breakfast. — Toast, Shredded Wheat, Triscuit, Rye 
Crisp, well-baked muffins, com bread or biscuit, griddle- 
cakes, waffles, cooked cereal (any one of foregoing), 
followed with fresh or cooked fmit, without sugar. The dry 
starches should be eaten with a little butter, and not soaked 
up with milk or cream. This insures thorough mastication. 
The cereals should be taken with a little cream and salt — no 
milk or sugar. The griddle-cakes and waffles may be 
accompanied with honey and butter, followed with teakettle 

If desired, the starch breakfast may be followed with 
fresh fruit instead of a beverage. 

Starch Lunch. — The same as the starch breakfast. 
Occasionally a piece of plain cake and ice-cream. 

Fruit Lunch. — The same as the fruit breakfast. 
Occasionally a piece of fruit pie and a piece of cheese, or 
some form of dessert, followed with fresh fruit. 

Regulation Dinner. — No. 1: Meat, two cooked non- 
starchy vegetables, and a combination salad. 

No. 2; Starch, two cooked non-starchy vegetables, and a 
combination salad. 

Meat: Any kind of fresh meat, cheese, nuts, eggs, bacon, 
fish, or fowl. 

Starch: Potatoes (sweet or Irish), macaroni, rice, Hubbard 
squash, dry beans and peas, tapioca, pumpkin, or any of the 
starches listed above. 

Cooked Non-starchy Vegetables: Beets, carrots, parsnips, 
cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, green com, 
green beans and peas, asparagus, onions, eggplant, salsify, 
tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, spinach, greens, summer 
squash, etc. 

Combination Tilden Salad: Lettuce, tomatoes, and 
cucumber; lettuce, celery and apple; lettuce, apple, and 
orange, or any other fruit. Dress with salt, oil, and lemon 

Regulation Dinner No. 1 — should be taken every other 
day, and Dinner No. 2 the alternate days. 

Of course, there are many variations and additions to the 
above suggestions, but details cannot he gone into in this 
book. Those who wish to have more detailed suggestions 
should read the monthly periodical, Dr. Tilden 's Health 
Review and Critique, and his Cook Book. 

DR. Tilden's Tensing Exercises 

Begin by tensing the leg muscles from the toes to the 
body, as follows: First extend the toes as far ^ you can; 
then grip, as it were, by forcing the toes forward toward the 
heels, and at the same time make the muscles of the legs 
hard to the body. Completely relax. Do not repeat the 
tension again until muscles are soft; then tense again, 
repeating the contraction and extension. 

Tense the hands and arms in the same way. Extend the 
fingers as far as possible, making the muscles hard to the 
shoulders; then grip the fingers and shut the fist, hardening 
the muscles to the shoulders. Do this five times; then tense 
the legs five times; then the hands and arms again. 

Fold a pillow and put under the shoulders, so that when 
the head drops back it will not touch anything. Lift the head 
forward, the chin to the chest; drop the head back again as 
far as it will go; then lift. Do this four or five times. Then, 
with the pillow still under the shoulders, lock the fingers 
under the head, allowing the head to rest in the hands. 
Swing the head from side to side, up and down, and rotate, 
carrying each movement as far as possible. 

Then push the folded pillow down under the hips and go 
through the leg movements of riding a bicycle. Then, with 
legs extended in the air, move each leg from side to side, 
allowing one to pass the other, scissor- fashion; changing, 
however, each time they pass, having first one leg forward 
and then the other. 

Tense the abdomen, making the muscles as hard as 
possible, and at the same time kneading the muscles with 
the hands. This exercise is necessary for overcoming 
constipation. In women, the uterine ligaments will be 
strengthened, lifting and overcoming falling and misplaced 
positions of the womb. The muscles of the bladder and 
rectum will be improved by these exercises. Piles — 
prolapsus of the rectal mucous membrane — will be 
overcome. An irritable bladder and prostate enlargements 
will be benefited by these exercises. 

Then sit up and turn the face to the right as far as 

possible; then to the left as far as possible; then allow the 
head to drop over, so as to bring the ear close to the 
shoulder, and then carry it over to the opposite shoulder. 

These movements of the head and neck are necessary to 
remove deposits that take place between the vertebrae, and 
in grooves and openings in bones where the nerves and 

arteries pass. If the hearing is bad, these movements will 
improve it. If the sense of smell is not so acute as it should 
be, by keeping up the exercises the olfactory nerve will be 
freed and the power of smell will be improved. The taste, 
too, will be bettered. All the nerves of special sense will be 
invigorated. The pneumogastric nerve and all the vital 
nerves controlling vital organs are invigorated by this 
exercise. When nerves are pressed upon by organic 
deposits, the movements above described will cause the 
deposits to be absorbed. The muscles of the neck will 
develop; the muscles of the face will develop, one will 
grow to look and feel younger. 

These exercises must be gone through with, not only 
before getting up, but every three or four hours during the 
day. You may think that this is very laborious, but it is the 
price you must pay to get well. So begin at once, and be 

Sit on the edge of the bed, and sway the body from side 
to side as far as possible, then follow with a twisting 
movement, attempting to look behind over the shoulders. 
Sit up in bed, and sway backward and forward, compelling 
the spine to bend from the small of the back up to the head, 
forward and backward. This loosens up the spine and 

invigorates the nerves that are sent off to the lov^er part of 
the body. 

Get on the knees and elbows; then push the body forward 
as far as possible without falhng upon the abdomen; then 
push back as far as possible. Go back and forth, while in 
this position, until tired, then drop on either the left or right 
shoulder while the hips are highly elevated. This is called 
the knee-shoulder position. The knee and elbow position, 
with the movements described, I call the "Irish Mail 
movements." It is necessary to practice both these 
movements and positions in overcoming constipation, 
prolapsus of the bowels, rectum, or womb, and piles. 

Place the forefingers over the closed eyes, and rub gently 
from side to side. Then remove the fingers and rotate the 
eyeballs, reversing the movement to relieve the tire. 

Place the forefingers on the wings of the nose; press 
together and move from side to side. 

When the weather is nice, it is well to walk in the open 
air as often as possible.